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AG Derek Schmidt urges Senate to confirm nomination of William P. Barr as US Attorney General

Release Date: Jan 15, 2019

TOPEKA – (January 15, 2019) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today urged the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to confirm the nomination of William P. Barr as the next U.S. Attorney General.

In a letter to the committee, Schmidt and 20 other state attorneys general offered support for Barr’s nomination, describing him as “eminently qualified.” Barr previously served as U.S. Attorney General under President George H.W. Bush.

“In reviewing Mr. Barr’s extensive record of service and achievement, it is clear to us that he exemplifies two of the most crucial traits Americans look for in an Attorney General: independence and a commitment to the even-handed application of the law,” the attorneys general wrote. “His record shows he is willing to recognize limits to executive branch authority when his legal analysis concludes thusly. Just as Mr. Barr’s stance on the separation of powers doctrine gives reassurance to us as state officials, so too ought it give reassurance to you as members of the federal legislative branch.”

The attorneys general also stressed the importance of regular collaboration between state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Justice, and Barr’s extraordinary interest in working with state legal and law enforcement officials to continue keeping the American people safe.

A copy of the letter is available at

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