AG Nominee William Barr Faces Senate Judiciary at Confirmation Hearing

Last updated January, 15th 2019 at 3:56 PM est

President Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, will face a round of questioning Tuesday at his confirmation hearing.

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  • Jan 15, 2019 3:56 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

A reporter asked Feinstein: “And so you see this as a pretty easy road for him to confirmation?”

Feinstein: “Oh I think so. We’ll see.”

  • Jan 15, 2019 3:23 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

Feinstein asks Barr about his past remarks on enhanced interrogation. 

Feinstein: "Do you believe that torture is ever lawful?"

Barr: "No."

  • Jan 15, 2019 2:30 PM est | Katie Pavlich       

Now Booker essentially calling Barr a racist for daring to bring up violence in Chicago

  • Jan 15, 2019 2:29 PM est | Katie Pavlich       

Why is Cory Booker complaining about Barr wanting to lock up violent criminals illegally using guns?

  • Jan 15, 2019 2:29 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

Booker challenges Barr on whether he believes there's racism in the criminal justice system.

  • Jan 15, 2019 2:27 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

He has so far got the thumbs up from Feinstein.

  • Jan 15, 2019 2:26 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

Sen. Cory Booker now asks Barr about mass incarceration. The two are sparring over the statistics.

  • Jan 15, 2019 2:23 PM est | Matt Vespa       

Roamin' Hands Spartacus (Cory Booker) speaks 

  • Jan 15, 2019 2:16 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

Sen. Kennedy: Do you think being a Roman Catholic disqualifies you from serving in Congress? Because some of my colleagues do...

  • Jan 15, 2019 2:15 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

Sen. Kennedy: "What do you intend to do about the leaks?"

Barr: Punish those who are responsible, exercise more discipline, etc.

  • Jan 15, 2019 1:50 PM est | Matt Vespa       

Welp....it looks like Mazie Hirono and the rest of the Democrats are "no" votes on AG Nominee Barr 

Shocked?! Shocked..i say.

  • Jan 15, 2019 1:37 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

Blumenthal asks Barr: "Would you defend Roe v. Wade if it were challenged?"

  • Jan 15, 2019 1:35 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

Sen. Blumenthal demanding assurances from Barr that Congress will be notified of changes to his special counsel report.

  • Jan 15, 2019 1:28 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

Barr: If I was ever asked to do something unlawful I would resign.

  • Jan 15, 2019 1:21 PM est | Lauretta Brown       
  • Jan 15, 2019 1:21 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

Barr: "I have no reason to doubt the Russians interfered in our elections."

  • Jan 15, 2019 1:18 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

Barr says he wants to make sure "the fixation on Russia not obscure the danger from China."

  • Jan 15, 2019 1:17 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

Sen. Ben Sasse asks Barr: Is Putin a friend or a foe?

Barr: The Russians are a potent rival of our country. His foreign policy objectives are usually directly contrary to our goals.

  • Jan 15, 2019 1:08 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

Sen. Coons asks Barr: What if the president asks you to change the special counsel regulations and fire Mueller?

Barr: I think the regulations should stay in place for the course of this investigation.

  • Jan 15, 2019 12:59 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) notes how in the Obama admin the IRS abused its power and targeted certain conservative groups. He asks if Barr will examine that conduct and hold relevant people to account.

"Free speech is at the core of our system," Barr says. 

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