US Senate confirms William Barr as US attorney general

William Barr

The US Senate has voted 54-45 confirming President Donald Trump’s attorney general pick William Barr to serve in the role for a second time.

Nearly every Republican and three Democrats voted to confirm Mr Barr, who will head the politically independent US Justice Department.

As the nation’s top law official, Mr Barr will oversee the special counsel’s Russia investigation.

Democrats were angered by his previous criticism of the Russia inquiry.

Mr Barr, 68, previously held the attorney general title from 1991 to 1993 under Republican President George H W Bush.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called Mr Barr’s confirmation “a major victory for justice and the rule of law in America”.