The Senate confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee William Barr and EPA Administrator nominee Andrew Wheeler concluded Wednesday. Barr's two-day Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was mostly marked by Democrats expressing skepticism that he would protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and release the full report to the public. Barr committed to protecting Mueller but not to sharing all of the report. The committee now has until Jan. 22 to submit any written questions and will then schedule a vote to send Barr for a full Senate vote. Wheeler's Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearings featured Democrats pressing the former coal lobbyist to acknowledge climate change, and Republicans who praised his acting leadership of the EPA so far. A vote on his confirmation has not been scheduled.

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