Rod Rosenstein Expected To Leave Role

Minnie Murray
January 10, 2019

The revelation, which was also confirmed by CNN, comes after weeks of speculation over whether the deputy attorney general would resign from his role within the Justice Department after the termination of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Rosenstein began overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election when then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in the matter over his role in Trump's presidential campaign. Barr was spending most of Wednesday on Capitol Hill, meeting senators on the committee before his confirmation hearing next week.

There is no set timeline for Mr Rosenstein's departure, according to U.S. media.

But Graham said Barr's concerns as a private citizen about the possibility of such charges would not be cause for recusal from oversight of the Mueller probe.

The source said Rosenstein is not being forced out, and he has conveyed his thinking to the White House.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News on Wednesday that she knew "the deputy attorney general has always planned to roughly stay around two years".

Trump also shared a photo on Twitter in November showing Rosenstein and others criticized by the president behind bars, calling for them to be tried for "treason". "My guess is that he is making room for the new attorney general to build a team that he wants around him".


Citing anonymous sources, ABC claims that Rosenstein will leave his position as the nation's number two law enforcement officer around the time William Barr, President Trump's nominee for Attorney General, takes office following a Senate confirmation.

But he has been a frequent target of President Donald Trump's criticism.

"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 told reporters after the meeting. Soon after, Rosenstein named Mueller as special counsel.

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.

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.

He has accused the investigation of being led by "Democrat loyalists".

In that memo, he criticized Mueller's Russian Federation probe - writing that his investigation into possible obstruction of justice related to Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey was 'fatally misconceived'.

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