Government appointments and nominations

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, meets with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Capitol Hill in Washington. As he did almost 30 years ago, Barr is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to make the case he’s qualified to serve as attorney general. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 14, 2019 - 6:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general sent White House lawyers a memo arguing that the president could not have obstructed justice by firing ex-FBI Director James Comey, describing a critical prong of the special counsel's Russia investigation as "fatally misconceived...
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Attorney General nominee William Barr, center, arrives to meet with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
January 14, 2019 - 9:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general (all times local): 10:12 a.m. President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general will tell senators that Trump didn't seek any assurances or promises before nominating him. That's according to William Barr's...
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January 14, 2019 - 8:44 am
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian Code of Conduct Tribunal on Monday adjourned proceedings for Nigeria's chief justice who is being arraigned on charges of allegedly failing to declare his assets and for holding foreign bank accounts. The proceedings were adjourned until Jan. 22 after the lead...
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In this Jan. 9, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, meets with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Capitol Hill in Washington. As attorney general a quarter century ago, William Barr promoted more police and prisons to address violence ravaging American cities. He bemoaned a "moral crisis” and rising secularism. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 14, 2019 - 5:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When William Barr was attorney general in the early 1990s, he was outspoken about some of America's biggest problems — violent crime, drug addiction, teenage pregnancy. The "Age of Aquarius," he warned, had given way to crack babies and broken families, misery and squalor. The...
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FILE - In this May 27, 2015, file photo, John Rakolta Jr., speaks at the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island, Mich. When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, no U.S. ambassador was there to welcome him. The post has been vacant for nine months. The Republican donor President Donald Trump chose for the job, Rakolta, hasn’t been approved by the Senate. (Tanya Moutzalias/The Ann Arbor News via AP)
January 12, 2019 - 12:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, no U.S. ambassador was there to welcome him. The post has been vacant for nine months. The Republican donor President Donald Trump chose for the job, John Rakolta Jr., hasn't been approved by the...
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President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, meets with Senate Judiciary Committee member and Trump confidant Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Barr, who served in the position in the early 1990s, has a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week and could be in place at the Justice Department as soon as February when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves after Barr is confirmed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 11, 2019 - 12:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to be attorney general will assure lawmakers he supports a recent criminal justice overhaul that eases federal sentencing rules, even though he pushed tough-on-crime policies for decades, a person close to the confirmation process told The Associated...
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Members of a choir arrive at the Romanian Atheneum concert hall in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, before an event marking the official start of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
January 10, 2019 - 2:28 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The United States is not the only country with a government limping from self-inflicted injuries that baffle foreign audiences. In Europe, backstage drama came to the fore Thursday as Romania made its debut in a new role. The formerly communist country that assumed the...
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FILE - In this July 13, 2018 file photo, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. Rosenstein is expected to leave his position soon after William Barr is confirmed as attorney general. That’s according to a person familiar with the plans who was not authorized to discuss them on the record and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
January 09, 2019 - 5:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the most visible Justice Department protector of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and a frequent target of President Donald Trump's wrath, is expected to leave his position soon after Trump's nominee for attorney general...
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President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, left, meets with Senate Judiciary Committee member and Trump confidant Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Barr, who served in the position in the early 1990s, has a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week and could be in place at the Justice Department as soon as February when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves after Barr is confirmed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 09, 2019 - 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's expected departure from the Justice Department (all times local): 6 p.m. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his position soon after President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general is confirmed...
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President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, meets with Senate Judiciary Committee member and Trump confidant Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Barr, who served in the position in the early 1990s, has a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week and could be in place at the Justice Department as soon as February when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves after Barr is confirmed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 09, 2019 - 4:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that attorney general nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and will let him complete his Russia investigation. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said after meeting with Barr, who led...
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