Rod Rosenstein Expected To Leave Role


Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave the Department of Justice in the coming weeks, according to reports. That claim came from Andrew McCabe, who served as deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time the May 2017 conversation allegedly took place.

But Graham said Barr indicated he will not interfere with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe, if confirmed as the successor to Jeff Sessions.

"I know the deputy attorney general has always planned to roughly stay around two years", Sanders told "Fox & Friends" co-hosts.

In September, Rosenstein went to the White House expecting to be fired after news reports surfaced that he had discussed secretly recording Trump and invoking a constitutional amendment to remove Trump as unfit for office. However, Rosenstein has continued to be the main Justice Department official to interact with Mueller and receive updates on the investigation.

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. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on Mr. Trump to rescind Barr's nomination Wednesday, claiming that Barr would not be able to objectively oversee the Mueller investigation.

She says he wants to help with the transition to a new attorney general.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters that Barr talked to him about his relationship with Mueller, including the fact that their wives are in a Bible study group together and Mueller has attended two of Barr's daughters' weddings.

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In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington.

Barr asserted that the president had been acting within his executive branch of authority when he made the request and said Mueller "should not be permitted to demand that the president submit to interrogation about alleged obstruction".

It also said that Rosenstein has notified President Donald Trump of his intentions.

"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.

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'.

It is not clear who Trump will nominate to fill Rosenstein's position.