Rosenstein, a frequent Trump target, will leave Justice Dept

Leroy Wright
January 10, 2019

CNN reported Barr's Senate confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

He told the president and White House officials of his plans to leave around the time Barr would assume the position after a Senate confirmation, the network reported. 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.

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

Barr also wrote then that Mueller should not be permitted to "demand" in-person question of the president.

"Barr must commit to supporting special counsel Mueller's investigation and allowing him to follow the facts", said Sen.

Rosenstein has been overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing "Russiagate" investigation since former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the role in March 2017.

Speculation about his departure mounted after Sessions was sacked in November and Matt Whitaker began serving as acting attorney general.

Whitaker also was critical or skeptical about the special counsel investigation.

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Rosenstein plans to leave at some point after that, though no date has been set and there is no formal plan for the departure, according to the person, who was not authorized to discuss internal conversations publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

End of the road for Rosenstein?

Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Russian meddling in the USA presidential election, is expected to leave the Justice Department after a new attorney general is confirmed, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Barr's confirmation as attorney general ― a position now occupied on an acting basis by Matthew Whitaker following the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions ― would ensure a smooth transition, the person said.

On Wednesday, when asked by ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas to assess Rosenstein's performance at the Justice Department, Barr replied: "Excellent".

He also said that Barr's memo was "his opinion of the slippery slope of obstruction of justice charges against a president who wants to terminate a political appointee". Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who said he believes Barr's previous experience 'ought to make his nomination very easy'.

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., last week renewed the mandate of the grand jury that has been working with Mueller since the summer of 2017, suggesting investigators have more witnesses to interview or subpoenas to request. Sessions had become a target of the president's open contempt for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation in 2017.

"It's being handled appropriately", Rosenstein told reporters last month.

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