Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Rosenstein plans to leave Justice Dept. shortly after Barr confirmed

Rosenstein plans to leave Justice Dept. shortly after Barr confirmed

He also wanted to help ensure Barr, if confirmed by the Senate, had a smooth transition, ABC said, citing sources.

'He had absolutely no indication he was going to tell Bob Mueller what to do or how to do it, ' Graham said.

Still, Rosenstein's departure is noteworthy given his high-profile role overseeing the Mueller probe and the tenuous relationship he had with Trump, who has repeatedly decried Rosenstein's decision to appoint Mueller. "He said no", Graham said.

"Their wives are in a Bible study together".

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

On Wednesday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Barr would permit Mueller to complete the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election. 'Do you think he would be fair to the president and the country as a whole?' He said yes. "And do you see any reason for Mr. Mueller's investigation to be stopped?"

Graham said Barr said that if he were attorney general, he would "err on the side of transparency" when he eventually received Mueller's report.

Barr has made critical comments of 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.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has announced that he will be stepping down from his position shortly.

After Trump fired then-FBI director James Comey in May 2017, legal experts suggested Mueller was pursuing an obstruction of justice case against the president. Also, Rosenstein told senators during his 2017 confirmation hearing that he would not remain in his post if he believed that he was being pressured to influence any investigations.

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has overseen the Russian election meddling probe, is preparing to leave the U.S. Department of Justice in coming weeks as President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the department is set to take over, a department official said on Wednesday.

There is no indication that Rosenstein, who has been deputy for nearly two years, was forced out. 'He has got some ideas of a deputy.

He went on to say Barr told him that he thinks it is "a moment for the country and we need to think this thing through, in terms of the discretion of a president to fire a political appointee".

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

It is unclear how long after Barr's appointment Rosenstein is expected to remain within the DOJ.

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