WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general.
William Barr's nomination was approved along party lines Thursday. It now heads to the Senate floor, where Barr is expected to be confirmed.
In a statement Thursday afternoon, Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-AK, said he met with Barr Thursday to discuss issues related to Alaska.
I had a detailed discussion with President Trump's nominee to serve as the next Attorney General, William Barr. I was very impressed with our conversation. pic.twitter.com/eyyXBJ1K5d— SenDanSullivan (@SenDanSullivan) February 7, 2019
“Mr. Barr and I had a detailed discussion on his priorities for the Department of Justice, and on many issues important to Alaska. I was very impressed with our conversation,” Sullivan's statement said in part. “Specifically, I made sure to invite him to Alaska and highlighted Alaska’s unique position under federal law, including ANCSA and ANILCA."
You can read Sen. Sullivan's full statement here.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office told Channel 2 Thursday that Murkowski intends to support Barr's confirmation when it goes to a vote of the full Senate, which could take place as soon as next Thursday, according to Roll Call.
Barr, who served as attorney general between 1991 and 1993, would succeed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was pushed out by Trump last year.
Democrats have largely opposed Barr's nomination, saying they want a stronger commitment from him to fully release special counsel Robert Mueller's final report. Barr says he will release as much as he can under the law.
Opponents have also cited a memo Barr wrote to the Justice Department before his nomination in which he criticized Mueller's investigation for the way it was presumably looking into whether Trump had obstructed justice.