Listen: President Trump, President And William Bar discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"We said we have a lot of news to cover tonight. The attorney general under president George H W Bush who was just laid to rest may be in line to be the new attorney general the Washington Post first reported William bar is the leading attorney general candidate in Trump discussions, according to this report a person familiar with the discussions said bar is a really serious contender and possibly the front runner for the job. But stressed it was impossible to predict Trump's pick definit- definitely until it was announced publicly supporters are hoping that Barr could sail through the Senate while others are pouring over his recent quotes about the Trump presidency. The Washington Post journalist Erin Blake sums them up in his Twitter. Posts post, quote, what William bar has said. More Clinton probes needed uranium one more worthy of investigation. Then collusion Komi firing was a okay. Okay. Muller teams? Donations are two left leaning. It's okay for presidents to request specific investigations. Now bar was there just days ago on the steps of the US capital alongside some big Republican names when the body of President Bush is former boss arrive to lie in state in the rotunda bar is a New Yorker by birth who worked first for Ronald Reagan before forty one made him attorney general with us to talk about all of it, Tim or Keith White House correspondent for NPR and Catherine Lucy White House reporter for the Associated Press. All right, Tim where you go. I this is in your view, the real deal or a lighter than air trial below. Well, one Trump insider, I talked to today said he wasn't convinced that this is going to stick because President Trump likes loyalists. He likes people he knows. And and he doesn't know bar now. Who knows maybe that person was just someone who wanted someone else to be the attorney general that's kind of the way it works around here at the caveat that comes with all of these trial balloons is until the president tweets it, it's not a done deal. All right with that. As our our our north star, Catherine. It is a this is a strange one because bar is one of the pillars of the GOP legal establishment in Washington. He is a Brooks brothers enthusiast and a horn rimmed glasses and thirstiest. He looks the part. He's got the resume for the part. The problem is some quotes recently about things like the man who used to report to him Robert Muller the Russian investigation. And that's what's giving people a tough time. Figuring this out. Yeah. And I think the thing we've really had to go back to is. We we just don't know how serious this is until President Trump makes an announcement. We know he is is a contender. But there's been a couple of people that they've been talking about. And we have to see how this is going to play out certainly bar someone with a long legal record. Who's viewed highly thought of establishment Republican circles, some of these comments are relating to port over by Democrats. But also by people inside the White House as they try and figure out how he would handle things like the Russia investigation going forward. There's also terrific grainy video of some prominent Democrats today praising him in hearings on the hill years ago, Tim or you do have me thinking that one of the kisses of death. One of the tells this president uses is sometimes to say, you know, I didn't know him before this. So you. You never wanna be on the payroll, and then have him remind the press corps that you are new to him.."