Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, to leave DOJ soon

Marsha Scott
January 10, 2019

Trump nominated former Attorney General William Barr, who served during the Bush administration, to oversee the Department of Justice as AG under Trump. Lindsey Graham, Jan. 9, 2019, in Washington. Matt Whitaker, the acting attorney general, is now tasked with overseeing the investigation but Mr Rosenstein's office still manages its day-to-day business. Barr met with Graham and his predecessor, current Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Wednesday morning.

Asked about Rosenstein's departure, first reported by ABC News, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said she had not spoken to Rosenstein and would leave any announced departures to him or the president.

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.

After an embattled turn in that role, Sessions stepped down at the end of a year ago and was replaced temporarily by Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General. Barr also has criticized Mueller's office in the press.

"The Senate 'should subject Mr. Barr's views to the strictest of scrutiny next week and I still believe, after the revelations about Mr. Barr's unsolicited memo, President Trump ought to withdraw this nomination", Schumer said. "He must also commit to resisting political pressure placed on the Justice Department".

Democrats have been critical of Barr's nomination because of his skepticism about special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Speculation about his departure mounted after Sessions was sacked in November and Matt Whitaker began serving as acting attorney general.

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

End of the road for Rosenstein?

Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller and remains his most visible Justice Department protector, is expected to leave his position soon after William Barr is confirmed as attorney general, an individual familiar with the plans said on Wednesday.

Barr told the SC senator that he would follow Department of Justice (DOJ) procedure while "erring on the side of transparency" about sharing Mueller's final report with Congress and the public. But Rosenstein disputed McCabe's characterization of the conversation.

President Trump has complained in public about how Rosenstein signed the FISA surveillance warrant for Page.

Rosenstein has been frequently criticised by Trump, who calls the Russian Federation investigation a "witch-hunt" and denies any collusion with Moscow.

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