President Trump announced he will nominate William Barr to serve as the next attorney general. Mr. Trump broke the news Friday to reporters on the White House South Lawn on his way to Kansas City.
CBS News reported on Thursday that Barr, who served as attorney general under the late President George H.W. Bush, was a top contender for the role.
"He was my first choice since day one," Mr. Trump told reporters Friday.
The controversial Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has been leading the Justice Department and overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation since Mr. Trump announced he was replacing then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month.
Barr's confirmation process in the Senate will likely still take weeks. But Barr, made in the Republican establishment mold, is viewed as one of the safer choices for confirmation.
This is a developing story and will be updated.