William Barr is our new attorney general -- Here are four things he should focus on right away

Fox News | 2/14/2019 | Hans von Spakovsky
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William Barr confirmation hearing: Is the attorney general nominee exactly what the Justice Department needs right now?

Judge Andrew Napolitano and the 'Outnumbered' panel react to William Barr's answers and demeanor at his Senate confirmation hearing.

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With the confirmation of William Barr as the 85th Attorney General of the United States, we now have an experienced hand leading the Department of Justice.

At his confirmation hearing, Barr vowed to focus on violent crime, enforce our immigration laws, and protect the right to vote. But our country faces many additional challenges today, many of which require the active involvement of the Attorney General. Barr, who also served in the post under President George H.W. Bush, is uniquely qualified to lead the Department at this time.

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It would have been hard for Trump to pick someone with a more detailed knowledge of the inner workings of the Justice Department and Capitol Hill. Barr also previously served as the Deputy Attorney General (the number two slot) and the Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Legal Counsel. That office provides legal analysis and advice to the attorney general and the president.

In short, Barr doesn’t need a months-long learning curve to understand how the department operates.

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Barr made it clear in his confirmation hearing that he intends to ensure that the Justice Department, which includes the FBI, will “enforce the law evenhandedly and with integrity.” Barr promised that the department’s conduct would be “above and away from politics.” Nothing, he added, “could be more destructive of our system of government, of the rule of law, or the Department of Justice as an institution, than any toleration of political interference with the enforcement of the law.”

So what should Barr focus on, and why?

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Implement the First Step Act. Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he would “diligently” implement the First...
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