This Week on Washington Week: President Trump Picks a New Attorney General and the Russia Probe Moves Forward
On the next Washington Week: President Trump Picks a New Attorney General and the Russia Probe Moves Forward
President Donald Trump has nominated William Barr to be the new attorney general. The 68-year-old Barr held the post in the 1990s under President George H.W. Bush. If confirmed, Barr would replace Matthew Whitaker, who stepped in as acting attorney general after Jeff Sessions resigned in November. The announcement comes on the same day special counsel Robert Mueller prepares to release sentencing reports for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen. It could be a pivotal week for Manafort who pleaded guilty in September to two conspiracy charges then violated his plea agreement when he lied to the FBI.
Earlier this week, the special counsel recommended leniency for former national security advisor Michael Flynn because he has been providing "substantial" details about links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Flynn, the only Trump administration official to make a plea deal, has also assisted with several other ongoing investigations according to Mueller's memo.
Plus, a closer look at President Trump's nominee for UN Ambassador, Heather Nauert.
And a look back at the lessons learned from President George H.W. Bush.
Robert Costa will have the latest developments in the Russia probe and analysis from:
Philip Rucker of The Washington Post
Abby Phillip of CNN
Andrea Mitchell of NBC News, and
Carl Hulse of The New York Times