Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to leave post at Justice Department


William Barr, President Trump's nominee to be the next attorney general, told Republican Sen.

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.

Rosenstein began overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election when then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in the matter over his role in Trump's presidential campaign. Barr could be installed at the Justice Department as early as February.

"Mr. Rosenstein mentioned to him when they first met, I think, that two years would probably be enough", Graham said.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Rosenstein had always planned to stay around two years. It is common for attorneys general and other Cabinet secretaries to have their own deputies.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plans to leave his role once President Trump's nominee for attorney general is confirmed by the Senate, ABC News reported. As Law&Crime's Ronn Blitzer noted, Barr would oversee the Mueller Probe if/when he is confirmed.

But he has been a frequent target of President Donald Trump's criticism. "Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter)".

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A US Department of Justice official later told the BBC that someone "who was in the room" and heard Mr Rosenstein's secret recording suggestion had considered it to be a joke.

Graham also told reporters that Barr said he wants the report Mueller is expected to produce to be "transparent".

In November, the president said Rosenstein "should have never picked a special counsel" to investigate the Russian Federation matter and retweeted an image depicting Rosenstein and several other current and former officials in a prison cell.

The person familiar with the plans said there was no specific date for Rosenstein's departure.

"The Senate 'should subject Mr. Barr's views to the strictest of scrutiny next week and I still believe, after the revelations about Mr. Barr's unsolicited memo, President Trump ought to withdraw this nomination", Schumer said.

Barr, now 68, served as the 77th attorney general during George H.W. Bush's administration, assuming the position at the age of 41.

Graham listed a number of questions that he had put to Barr: "I asked Mr. Barr directly, 'Do you think Mr. Mueller is on a witch hunt?' He said no".