Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
World News | By Sandy Lane

Rod Rosenstein Reportedly Leaving Justice Department After AG Confirmation Hearings

Rod Rosenstein Reportedly Leaving Justice Department After AG Confirmation Hearings

Republicans, of course, control the Senate with 53 votes, so ― barring some huge revelation ― Barr's confirmation doesn't appear to be in any real jeopardy.

In recent months, Rosenstein has become a primary target of Trump's over his role in overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump's campaign team and Russia.

"I know the deputy attorney general has always planned to roughly stay around two years", Sanders told "Fox & Friends" co-hosts.

Top justice department official Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in 2016, is planning to quit, United States media reports.

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Rosenstein reportedly assured them that he would assist Barr with the transition and help him find a replacement deputy.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer painted a different picture in remarks on the Senate floor, citing a memo Barr wrote to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein a year ago.

"I asked Mr. Barr directly do you think Bob, Mr. Mueller's on a witch hunt?"

After ousting Sessions, Trump installed Whitaker, chief of staff at the Justice Department, as acting attorney general, which put him in charge of the Russian Federation probe.

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CNN reported Barr's Senate confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is reportedly set to depart from the White House in coming weeks, according to multiple reports.

Barr has told people close to him that he wanted his own No. 2. The Mueller investigation into alleged Russian interference in the November 2016 election has been going on for nearly two years.

President Donald Trump pushed out Attorney General Jeff Sessions in November and made Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker the acting attorney general before nominating Barr in December. Barr said he would go through the process of determining whether the Mueller report could be shared with Congress and the public when the report is finished, according to Graham. That could leave the decision in the hands of Barr, who has expansive views of executive power and wrote an unsolicited memo to Rosenstein in June 2018 knocking Mueller for probing whether the president's firing of Comey was obstruction of justice.

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"I can assure you, based on what I heard, he has a high opinion of Mr. Mueller, believes that Mr. Mueller is doing a professional job - will do a professional job and will be fair to the President and the country as a whole and has no reason for Mr. Mueller to stop doing is job and is committed to letting Mr. Mueller finish", Graham said.

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