Rod Rosenstein Expected to Depart After New Attorney General’s Confirmation

Rod Rosenstein Expected to Depart After New Attorney General’s Confirmation

Rod Rosenstein Expected to Depart After New Attorney General’s Confirmation

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold confirmation hearings on January 15 and 16 for Barr, who has come under fire from Democrats for his criticism of the special counsel's Russian Federation probe.

If confirmed, Barr, who previously served as United States attorney general under former President George H.W. Bush, would oversee the Mueller investigation.

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.

CBS News reports that Mr Rosenstein will depart in the next few weeks, after Mr Barr is expected to take over. 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.

"I don't think there's any willingness by the President or the White House to push him out", Sanders said.

Rosenstein reportedly planned to stay for two years anyway, and there is no indication that Trump is forcing him out of the administration, ABC reported. It is common for new attorneys general to select their own deputies and Barr has told people close to him that he wanted his own No. 2.

If confirmed, Barr would be in charge of Mueller, unless he too recused himself.

Lindsey Graham he would allow special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to continue unabated, Graham said Wednesday.

But he has been a frequent target of President Donald Trump's criticism. Rosenstein was seen by many as helping to protect Mueller from being fired and from other White House interference.

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. Rosenstein insisted he was making a joke. Barr wrote a memo in June critical of Mueller's potential investigation into obstruction of justice by Mr. Trump in firing former FBI Director James Comey. Soon after, Rosenstein named Mueller as special counsel.

But he also has been a target of President Donald Trump, who past year tweeted out a picture of Rosenstein behind bars.

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. But Democrats will use the hearing as an opportunity to extract commitments from the nominee about his approach to the Mueller investigation.

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