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On Politics: Arrest of Chinese Executive Endangers U.S.-China Trade Truce

Good Friday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today. The detention may bolster efforts to contain China and Iran, but it could upend trade talks between the world’s two largest economies. • News of Ms. Weng’s arrest sent stock markets around the world tumbling on Thursday as concerns of an emerging cold war between the United States and China intensified. • A new study utilizing satellite imagery says North Korea is expanding a missile base that would be one of its most likely sites for deploying intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States. • From the earliest days of his campaign, Mr. Trump has railed against undocumented immigrants. • Elizabeth Warren’s decision to take a DNA test to prove her claims of Native American ancestry was roundly criticized. • Mr. Trump is strongly considering nominating William P. Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Democrats are now likely to take 40 seats from Republicans as they decisively capture control of the House. But some Republican leaders are being accused of downplaying the bill’s support to avoid a vote.

Trump Will Nominate William Barr as Attorney General

President Trump has nominated William P. Barr, who served as attorney general during the first Bush administration from 1991 to 1993, to lead the Justice Department. But Mr. Trump, according to several senior administration officials and people close to him, has so far been unable to bring himself to personally fire a retired four-star military general. The choice of Mr. Barr was well received by Republicans as soon as s it became known that he had emerged as permanent replacement for Mr. “Although an investigation shouldn’t be launched just because a president wants it, the ultimate question is whether the matter warrants investigation.” Mr. Barr added then that he saw more basis for investigating the uranium deal than any supposed conspiracy between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia. President Trump said he would nominate William P. Barr as attorney general. “I will demand that Mr. Barr make a firm and specific commitment to protect the Mueller investigation, operate independently of the White House, and uphold the rule of law,” Mr. Blumental said in a statement. In 1989, President George Bush appointed him to lead the Justice Department’s powerful Office of Legal Counsel, and later elevated him to deputy attorney general and then attorney general. “The attorney general’s oath to uphold the Constitution raises the question whether his duty lies ultimately with the president who appointed him or more abstractly with the rule of law. I said in my confirmation hearings, and have said several times since, that the attorney general’s ultimate allegiance must be to the rule of law.” John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, is expected to leave the White House in the next few days. The prosecutor took three years to finish that investigation, ultimately concluding that no crime had been committed and that he should not have been appointed.