Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Deputy AG Rosenstein to Depart After Confirmation of New AG

Deputy AG Rosenstein to Depart After Confirmation of New AG

Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department official who oversees the probe into Russia's role in the 2016 USA election and faced criticism from President Donald Trump, is preparing to leave his job soon as Trump's nominee for attorney general gets ready to take office, a department official said on Wednesday.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold confirmation hearings on January 15 and 16 for Barr, who has come under fire from Democrats for his criticism of the special counsel's Russian Federation probe.

The newspaper also reported that he suggested secretly recording Mr Trump to expose White House turmoil and dysfunction.

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

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said after meeting with Barr, who led the Justice Department under President George H.W. Bush, that Barr has a "high opinion" of Mueller.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News on Wednesday that Rosenstein had always planned to stick around two years.

Trump also retweeted an image that was edited to show Rosenstein, Mueller, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and others behind prison bars in November.

He is expected to stay through William Barr's confirmation next week to ensure a smooth transition. He has long overseen the investigation and has frequently drawn Trump's ire.

"Barr must commit to supporting special counsel Mueller's investigation and allowing him to follow the facts", said Sen. Also, Barr wrote an unsolicited memo to the Justice Department previous year critiquing Mueller's investigation into whether the president sought to obstruct justice by firing James Comey as FBI director.

Graham listed a number of questions that he had put to Barr: 'I asked Mr. Barr directly, 'Do you think Mr. Mueller is on a witch hunt?' He said no. "Whether it's Bob Mueller or Rod Rosenstein or Matt Whitaker or Bill Barr, that investigation's going to be handled appropriately by the Department of Justice".

Ahead of Barr's Senate confirmation hearing next week, top Justice Department officials have sought to downplay his previous argument that the president can't be investigated for obstructing justice.

He then handed off oversight to his deputy, putting Mr Rosenstein in the spotlight and leading to criticism from Republicans in Congress as well as Mr Trump. His interim successor, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, consulted with Justice Department officials but ultimately decided not to recuse himself.

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