Trump says AG pick deserves bipartisan support

 
"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 SessionsO'Rourke on impeachment: 2020 vote may be best way to 'resolve' Trump House Judiciary Dem, Republican clash over details of Whitaker testimony DeVos moves to allow religious groups to provide federally funded services to private schools 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 HawleyConservatives face a tough fight as Big Tech's censorship expands Hirono calls out Trump for 'appalling' comments she says encourage violence Trump suggests that it could get 'very bad' if military, police, biker supporters play 'tough' 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. 
 
Trump also named State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as his pick to replace Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) Haley40 years of Iranian threats against Israel and few pay any attention Nikki Haley endorses term limits for Congress Pelosi: Kim 'big winner' of North Korea talks MORE as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. 
 
The comments also come after former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonHeather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN ambassador job Trump administration’s top European diplomat to resign in February Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation 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.