By Matt Zapotosky and
February 14 at 1:28 PM
A majority of senators voted to confirm William P. Barr Thursday as the U.S. attorney general, putting him in command of the Justice Department at one of the most politically charged moments in its history.
Though voting has not officially closed, Barr, a Justice Department veteran who served as attorney general previously in the George H.W. Bush administration, crossed the 51 votes he needed to win confirmation in what was shaping up to be a mostly party line vote. The outcome was unsurprising, after Barr cleared a procedural hurdle earlier this week by a 55-to-44 vote that also was mostly along party lines.
Only three Democrats have crossed the aisle to vote for Barr so far: Kyrsten Sinema (Az.), Doug Jones (Alabama) and Joe Manchin (W-Va.).