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Democrats to grill Trump's AG pick

WASHINGTON - William Barr, President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, will face a familiar setting on Tuesday - a Senate confirmation hearing.

It is sure to be the most contentious in the long legal career of the 68-year-old Republican lawyer who served as attorney general for two years under President George H.W. Bush.

Democrats are gearing up to press Barr on a host of issues, including how he would oversee special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and other crimes.

"The big question in my mind is will he leave Mueller alone," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

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