Spicer Says Bill Barr 'Highly Qualified,' Will Be Confirmed as AG
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that there is "no question" William Barr will be confirmed as the next U.S. attorney general.
Speaking on America's Newsroom, Spicer said that Barr has a "stellar reputation" and understands the position, one he held for two years under President George H. W. Bush.
Barr, according to a transcript of his prepared remarks, will tell senators during his Tuesday confirmation hearing that it's "vitally important" Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues his Russia probe.
"I see this as sort of more of a political test where you're gonna have all of these 300-plus people who are running for president on the Democratic side try to make issues out of nothing, and vote against him purely to appease their own base," Spicer said.
Concerns have been raised about Barr due to his past comments about Mueller's investigation, including a memo he wrote to the Justice Department last year that criticized the special counsel's inquiry into whether President Trump looked to obstruct justice.
"At the end of the day, he's a highly qualified candidate for attorney general," Spicer said. "He will be confirmed and we will move forward."
Barr will tell senators Tuesday that if he is to be confirmed, he will not allow for "partisan politics, personal interests, or any other improper consideration" to interfere with the Mueller probe or any other investigation.
Spicer added that there is no evidence that Trump planned to fire the special counsel, and that all Republicans want is for the probe to end.
"Let's put our cards on the table, wrap it up, and I think that that's exactly what the attorney general nominee is gonna say."