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William Barr Named 85th Attorney General of the US

William Barr, President Trump’s choice, officially took office as the new U.S. attorney general. The Department of Justice announced Thursday the Senate’s decision to confirm Barr for the position, which made Barr the second official in the federal government’s history to assume the role twice.

He served as the U.S. attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush. Prior to that, Barr held the role of deputy attorney general and assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel at DOJ. He was also the executive vice president and general counsel for telephone service company GTE Corp and Verizon. 

President Trump, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and the new attorney general’s family were present at Barr’s swearing-in ceremony at the White House. 

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