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Trump to nominate Bill Barr for attorney general

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President Trump said Friday that he will nominate Bill Barr to serve as attorney general.

The big picture: Barr served in the same role during George H.W. Bush's administration from 1991 to 1993. He'll be taking over for acting-Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who has sparked controversy over whether his nomination was legal. Democrats have threatened to investigate whether Whitaker can serve as acting attorney general given he wasn't Senate-confirmed, and Trump has faced pressure from some Republicans to quickly nominate someone to lead the Justice Department permanently.

Vote on Mueller protection bill blocked by Senate Republicans

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans blocked a vote on a bipartisan bill sponsored by Democratic Senators that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller from White House influence, per NBC News.

Why it matters: The bill gained traction after Jeff Sessions resigned from the Department of Justice as attorney general and President Trump tapped Matthew Whitaker to temporarily take charge of overseeing the Mueller investigation. Whitaker has been critical of the investigation before and has raised questions about the future of the probe.

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