Washington D.C., Feb 7, 2019 / 13:30 pm
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-10 along party lines to advance attorney general nominee William Barr to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.
The full Senate will vote on Barr's confirmation next week, he is expected to be approved. Barr previously served as attorney general under President George H. W. Bush from November of 1991 until January of 1993. When nominated the first time in 1991, the Senate approved Barr by unanimous voice vote.
"William Barr has been confirmed by the Senate three times without opposition," said Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Twitter. "He has the experience and is eminently qualified to perform the duties of Attorney General. I hope and expect he will be confirmed next week."
Barr was nominated by President Donald Trump in December to replace former AG Jeff Sessions. Sessions submitted his resignation in early November of 2018.