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Rod Rosenstein Reportedly Leaving Justice Department After AG Confirmation Hearings

Rod Rosenstein Reportedly Leaving Justice Department After AG Confirmation Hearings

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.

Barr is visiting senators on Capitol Hill ahead of his confirmation hearings next week.

Rosenstein took charge of overseeing Mueller's Russian Federation probe after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation.

The newspaper also reported that he suggested secretly recording Mr Trump to expose White House turmoil and dysfunction.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who had backed legislation to protect the Mueller probe, said Rosenstein's presence at DOJ "has been reassuring to many of us who are concerned about the independence of the special counsel's investigation".

Trump has denounced the investigation as a witch hunt.

Rosenstein, who oversaw the Russian Federation probe because of the recusal of Jeff Sessions, has had several close calls during his tenure, which began on April 25, 2017 after his Senate confirmation.

Rosenstein has told President Donald Trump that he will leave the Justice Department after the expected confirmation of William Barr as attorney general.

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Barr's Senate confirmation hearing begins January 15, which means a confirmation vote at the earliest would occur in mid-February.

Democrats in the House want to question him about how he's been dealing with the White House and Mueller's office.

"My guess is that he is making room for the new attorney general to build a team that he wants around him", she added.

Barr has told people close to him that he wanted his own No. 2.

Trump has frequently railed against the deputy attorney general on Twitter, with the president recently retweeting an image depicting Rosenstein and others behind bars.

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 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".

"I can assure you, based on what I heard, he has a high opinion of Mr. Mueller, believes that Mr. Mueller is doing a professional job - will do a professional job and will be fair to the President and the country as a whole and has no reason for Mr. Mueller to stop doing is job and is committed to letting Mr. Mueller finish", Graham said.

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