WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today made the following statement regarding the confirmation of William Barr to serve as Attorney General of the United States. Barr was confirmed by a vote of 54-45.
“Mr. Barr is a highly accomplished attorney, and an experienced public servant with an outstanding record. He has already demonstrated that he is fully capable of leading the Department of Justice and I trust he will do so again. At his confirmation hearing, he assured this senator that he will faithfully carry out the law and the Constitution. Importantly, he pledged to enforce my updates to the False Claims Act, which has saved taxpayers nearly $60 billion over the last several decades. He also promised to fully implement the First Step Act, which Congress overwhelmingly passed last year to bring about the most significant criminal justice reforms in a generation.
“Like every federal agency, the Justice Department can always use a healthy dose of Congressional oversight, and I will continue working to strengthen DOJ through improved transparency, accountability and cooperation with Congress. I look forward to working with Mr. Barr in this endeavor,” Grassley said.