Attorney general nominee William Barr is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee for day one of his confirmation hearings.
In written testimony, the 68-year-old said it’s “vitally important” that Special Counsel Robert Mueller continue his Russia investigation, and that the results be made public.
But only recently, Barr was highly critical of the Mueller probe, questioning its scope in a memo to the justice department last year, and arguing that the president should not be questioned about obstruction of justice.
Barr’s answers today are critical, given recent reports of the FBI investigating whether President Trump acted in the interests of Russia, and that he concealed details of meetings Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Barr will likely also face tough questions on immigration, voting rights and abortion. If confirmed, Barr will replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.