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Barr Confirmed As U.S. Attorney General

Updated: Apr 1, 2019

The U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump's nominee to replace Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General Thursday by a vote of 54 to 45. The vote largely followed party lines with West Virginia's Joe Manchin, Alabama's Doug Jones, and Arizona's Kyrsten Sinema breaking Democratic ranks to support the nomination.


Kentucky Republican Rand Paul opposed Barr's confirmation. Some libertarian and gun rights groups had raised concerns about Barr's record on civil liberties issues.


North Carolina's Thom Tillis, a Republican, voted to confirm Barr, while our state's other Republican Senator, Richard Burr, did not vote. Barr previously served as U.S. Attorney General under President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993.


The full Senate vote is here.