The Wall Street Journal reports:
“The Senate crossed the threshold of votes needed to confirm William Barr as attorney general Thursday, putting a respected figure in both the corporate and legal worlds in charge of a Justice Department that has been rocked by departures, political storms and the special counsel’s Russia investigation.
With final votes still being cast, Mr. Barr overcame Democrats’ concerns about how he would manage Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether Mr. Barr would make its conclusions public.
Wrestling with whether to release the probe’s findings will likely be among Mr. Barr’s first tasks as the nation’s top law-enforcement officer. Mr. Barr, who was also President George H.W. Bush’s attorney general in the 1990s, emerged from his confirmation hearing vowing to bring as much transparency as possible to those findings, but stopped short of promising to release the special counsel’s final report, which drew concerns from members of both parties.”