February 14, 2019 / 6:45 PM / 9 months ago

U.S. Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general

FILE PHOTO: William Barr smiles during a break in his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be attorney general of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate confirmed William Barr as attorney general on Thursday, installing a seasoned lawyer with decades of Washington experience to head the Justice Department and making him in charge of overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-running probe into whether President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia.

The Senate voted 54 to 45, largely along party lines. He could be sworn into the post before week’s end.

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Andy Sullivan; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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