>> A flurry of top staff changes for President Donald Trump. Exactly a month after firing Jeff Session, Trump on Friday nominating William Barr to lead the Justice Department. Trump also choosing Heather Nauert, the State Department's spokeswoman, to be US Ambassador to the United Nations.>> These defendants->> Barr previously served as Attorney General under the late President George H W Bush.
>> He was my first choice from day one, respected by Republicans and respected by Democrats.>> If confirmed, the 68-year-old Washington lawyer would take over from Matthew Whitaker, who has been the acting Attorney General since Trump dismissed Sessions in November over his decision to recuse himself from the probe into Russia's election meddling and whether it colluded with the Trump campaign.
Jan Wolfe has more.>> Supporters of the Mueller investigation are somewhat relieved with this pick. Whitaker, the acting Attorney General, seemed more openly hostile to the Mueller investigation. As a pundit, he had explained how it could be curtailed, and really brought to an end. But there isn't quite as much concern about Barr.
He has made some critical comments. He said, for instance, that he would have liked to see more political balance among Mueller's team.>> Barr is also on record saying there was more reason to investigate Trump's 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, than Trump himself.>> Some Democrats may raise the argument that Barr needs to recuse himself because of his statements about the Mueller investigation.
But his statements have been more milk in Whitaker's. I think ultimately the Justice Department would think that accusal was not warranted.>> The secretary has talked->> The appointment of Nauert to replace Nikki Haley at the UN could stir a confirmation battle in the Senate. The former Fox News Anchors resume considered light on foreign policy experience.
Republican Senator, Lindsay Graham, in a statement, said he, quote, looked forward to supporting her nomination. But democratic senator, Chris Murphy of Connecticut telling CNN, Nauert was quote, clearly not qualified for the job at the UN.>> She's very talented, very smart, very quick. And I think she’s going to be respected by all.
>> Trump is also expected to make a change in the top ranks at the White House. CNN reporting Chief of Staff John Kelly, who has had a strained relationship with Trump, is expected to resign in the coming days.