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William Barr sworn in as attorney general

Jaclyn Jaeger | February 15, 2019

The Senate on Feb. 14 confirmed William Barr as the 85th attorney general of the United States, succeeding Jeff Sessions, who stepped down in November. Barr joins John Crittenden (1841 and 1850-1853) as one of only two people in U.S. history to serve twice as attorney general.

Barr rejoins the Department of Justice, where he previously served as the 77th attorney general of the United States from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush. Barr also served as the deputy attorney general from 1990 to 1991 and as the assistant attorney general of the Office of Legal Counsel from 1989 to 1990.

While serving at the Justice Department, Barr helped create programs and strategies to reduce violent crime and was responsible for establishing new enforcement policies in a number of areas, including financial institutions, civil rights, and anti-trust merger guidelines....

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