Rosenstein Ready to Leave Once Attorney General Confirmed, Source Says

Rosenstein Ready to Leave Once Attorney General Confirmed, Source Says

Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller and remains his most visible Justice Department protector, is expected to leave his position soon after William Barr is confirmed as attorney general, an individual familiar with the plans said on Wednesday.

William Barr was scheduled to meet with at least three key Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans ahead of his confirmation hearing scheduled for next week.

Sanders said there's no willingness by the White House to force out Rosenstein, who she said has "a great deal of respect" for Barr, adding that they have a "great relationship".

There is no indication that Rosenstein, who has been deputy for nearly two years, was forced out.

Trump has denounced the investigation as a witch hunt. Rosenstein's departure has always been the subject of speculation.

Barr has told people close to him that he wanted his own No. 2. Russian Federation has also denied any interference in the election.

If confirmed, Barr, who was US Attorney General under the late President George HW Bush from 1991 to 1993, would oversee the investigation led by Mueller, who was chosen by Rosenstein.

Attorney General nominee William Barr meets with Senate Judiciary Committee member Lindsey Graham in the Rus

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'.

ABC News reported there was no indication Rosenstein was being forced to step down.

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

"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.

Rosenstein became a frequent target of Trump's ire on Twitter - with the president recently re-posting an image of him and other officials behind bars.

All along, Mueller's investigation has continued, but it isn't clear to anyone outside a handful of select leaders how much longer it may run or with what effect - and consequently, what kind of effect the transition from Rosenstein to Barr might have.

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. But Trump opted not to replace him.

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