Senate Confirms William Barr As Next Attorney General

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET The Senate voted 54 to 45 on Thursday to confirm William Barr as attorney general, returning him to a post he first occupied in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. Barr was scheduled to be sworn in at the White House on Thursday afternoon by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Barr's confirmation followed an earlier vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance him after a committee hearing in which members pressed him about the Russia investigation. Republicans, including the panel's chairman, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. , say they're satisfied that Barr will not interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller. They have accepted his commitments about making public whatever Mueller issues when his work is complete, so long as it is consistent with the law or regulations.   ~~~~ Democrats worry that Barr might be a spy for President Trump at the Justice