Trump says AG pick deserves bipartisan support

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE on Friday called on the Senate to confirm William Barr as attorney general with bipartisan support, ahead of what is expected to be a tough confirmation battle. 
 
"There's no one more capable or more qualified for this role. He deserves overwhelming, bipartisan support. I suspect he'll probably get it," Trump said during remarks at a law-enforcement convention in Kansas City, Mo. 
 
Barr previously served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush and was confirmed unanimously by the Senate in 1991. 
 
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Trump called Barr an "outstanding man" whom in his previous tenure "demonstrated [an] unwavering adherence to the rule of law."
 
Barr, whom Trump announced earlier Friday as his pick for attorney general, is expected to face scrutiny from Republicans and Democrats in the Senate over his views on the Russia investigation. 
 
 
Trump never forgave his previous attorney general, Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Nadler subpoenas Lewandowski, former White House official for testimony MORE, for recusing himself from running the investigation and has openly mused about wanting a loyalist in control of the Justice Department. 
 
Republicans have praised Barr as a capable, worthy nominee while Democrats in the Senate have expressed reservations, citing his views on the Russia probe.
 
Barr's selection is part of a broader shakeup of Trump's Cabinet and senior White House staff, and the president alluded to unhappiness with some of the people around him. 
 
"You know, in life, you never know," Trump said after praising Missouri Sen.-elect Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyGovernment regulation of social media would kill the internet — and free speech Juan Williams: We need a backlash against Big Tech Twitter unlocks McConnell's campaign account after GOP boycott MORE (R). "You pick somebody. Looks good. Sounds good. Think he's smart. And then they choke. They choke like dogs. And you say, 'What did I do, I picked the wrong person?' "
 
Reports emerged Friday that White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE is expected to leave his post in the coming days, a move that would end his tumultuous tenure at Trump's top adviser. 
 
 
The comments also come after former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonScaramucci breaks up with Trump in now-familiar pattern Senate braces for brawl over Trump's spy chief Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank MORE blasted Trump as someone who does not understand his job, is not well-read and often expressed a desire to take actions that would violate the law. 
 
Trump selected Tillerson as secretary of State soon after meeting him during the presidential transition but quickly soured on the former ExxonMobil chief. Tillerson was fired in March as the nation's top diplomat.