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Rod Rosenstein Expected To Leave Role

Rod Rosenstein Expected To Leave Role

If confirmed, Mr Barr will succeed acting attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who replaced former Attorney General Jeff Sessions after he was sacked by Mr Trump.

William Barr, President's Donald Trump's nominee to be the permanent attorney general, is scheduled to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week for his confirmation hearings.

Barr also met with the outgoing committee chairman, Republican Sen.

If Barr's chances for confirmation appear strong, Democrats nonetheless are expected to question him sharply about the skepticism he has voiced about the Russian Federation investigation.

Barr has criticized the Mueller investigation in the past, including an unsolicited memo he sent the Justice Department a year ago critiquing Mueller's investigation into whether the president had sought to obstruct justice by firing Comey.

Barr also wrote then that Mueller should not be permitted to "demand" in-person question of the president.

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

"I can assure you he has a very high opinion of Mr. Mueller and he is committed to letting Mr. Mueller finish his job", Graham said. "He must also commit to resisting political pressure placed on the Justice Department".

Speculation has swirled for months and months that Trump would fire Rosenstein, who has overseen the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation since Robert Mueller's appointment on May 17, 2017.

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Speculation about his departure mounted after Sessions was sacked in November and Matt Whitaker began serving as acting attorney general. Soon after, Rosenstein named Mueller as special counsel.

Sanders said there's no willingness by the White House to force out Rosenstein, who she said has "a great deal of respect" for Barr, adding that they have a "great relationship".

End of the road for Rosenstein?

According to ABC News, and other news outlets that reported Rosenstein's impending departure, he is not being forced out of his job. But Rosenstein disputed McCabe's characterization of the conversation.

At a news conference in December, Rosenstein said that Mueller's investigation would be "handled appropriately" no matter who is overseeing it.

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., last week renewed the mandate of the grand jury that has been working with Mueller since the summer of 2017, suggesting investigators have more witnesses to interview or subpoenas to request.

But after Mr Session was ousted in November, his replacement Matthew Whitaker took over the investigation, refusing to recuse himself despite his previous public criticism of the probe.

Mr Rosenstein has yet to comment on the reports. However, Rosenstein has continued to be the main Justice Department official to interact with Mueller and receive updates on the investigation.


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