Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Rod Rosenstein Expected To Leave Role

Rod Rosenstein Expected To Leave Role

Rosenstein has said the memo had no impact on the department's work. 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.

However Mr Rosenstein was stripped of the role late previous year when Mr Sessions was forced out by the president.

Mr Rosenstein has yet to comment on the reports.

Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke after meeting with Barr, who was making the rounds with senators ahead of his confirmation hearing scheduled for next week.

On Wednesday, ABC News and CNN reported that Rosenstein told President Donald Trump that he intends to leave the department after attorney general nominee William Barr is confirmed.

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.

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".

Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an early Trump supporter during the presidential campaign, had recused himself. Mr Rosenstein continued to help supervise the inquiry. Barr will assume oversight of the probe once confirmed as AG.

Trump has criticized Rosenstein numerous times.

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued remarks about the reports of Rosenstein's purported departure.

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.

Trump also retweeted an image that was edited to show Rosenstein, Mueller, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and others behind prison bars in November.

The post suggested that he had committed "treason".

Rosenstein has been frequently criticised by Trump, who calls the Russian Federation investigation a "witch-hunt" and denies any collusion with Moscow. But Democrats will use the hearing as an opportunity to extract commitments from the nominee about his approach to the Mueller investigation.

In his time in charge of Mueller's years-long investigation, Rosenstein has been criticized by some Republicans for authorizing the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, and for failing to appoint a second special counsel to probe his own department's handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

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