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Trump close to picking Barr for A.G., Nauert for UN: reports

President Donald Trump is close to making two major nominations: William Barr for U.S. attorney general and Heather Nauert as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the Washington Post reported separately Thursday. Both nominations could be announced in the coming days, the Post said. Barr, 68, served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush from 1991-93. He has, in the past, questioned the political makeup of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team. Barr, or any other nominee, likely would not face a Senate confirmation vote for months, leaving acting attorney general Matt Whitaker in charge of the DOJ until then. Nauert is a former Fox News anchor and current State Department spokeswoman with little foreign policy experience. CNN reported that may be intentional, and that the Trump administration may be seeking to downgrade the importance of the UN ambassador role.

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