VIDEO: Rosenstein’s replacement Barr tells lawmakers he won’t interfere with Mueller
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the most visible Justice Department protector of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s wrath, is expected to leave his position soon after Trump’s nominee for attorney general is confirmed.
The departure creates uncertainty about the oversight of Mueller’s team as it enters what may be its final months of work. But the attorney general nominee, William Barr, moved quickly Wednesday to quell concerns that his arrival could endanger the probe, telling lawmakers during Capitol Hill visits ahead of his confirmation hearing that he has a high opinion of Mueller.
The article goes on to state the following:
“He had absolutely no indication he was going to tell Bob Mueller what to do or how to do it,” said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, the incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will question Barr next Tuesday.
Sarah Sanders on Rod Rosenstein: "I know that Deputy Attorney General had always planned to stay around two years. He would like to help with the transition of brining the new attorney general in." https://t.co/b60esga1P3 pic.twitter.com/0JAFj0envW
— The Hill (@thehill) January 9, 2019
Lindsey Graham: William Barr Will Not Interfere with Mueller Probe https://t.co/y4Gn7WIA38
— Gary Johnston 🇺🇸 (@garyjohnston80) January 9, 2019
Sen. Whitehouse also not convinced of Barr’s assurances to Graham. “It will be very important to test those assurances through the hearing process.” Blumenthal and Whitehouse both asked to meet with Barr but haven’t gotten a response yet from DOJ.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 9, 2019
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will leave the Justice Department shortly after William Barr, the President’s nominee for attorney general, is confirmed https://t.co/HKFDtzWezf
— KYW Newsradio (@KYWNewsradio) January 9, 2019
UPDATE: ROSENSTEIN has signaled to officials that he’d leave when he was satisfied that the MUELLER probe was complete or close enough that it was protected. An official briefed on discussions tells @evanperez that R wants to ensure a smooth transition, incl. on the Mueller probe https://t.co/8sscuVOO00
— Caroline Kelly (@caroline_mkelly) January 9, 2019
NBC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Rosenstein plans to stay until Mueller submits a report @PeteWilliamsNBC
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) January 9, 2019
— Chip Ster (@Chiprdale) January 9, 2019
Warner on whether he’s reassured by Bill Barr telling Lindsey Graham he won’t interfere with Mueller: “Absolutely not,” saying he believes Barr was chosen because of the concerns he expressed about Mueller
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 9, 2019
Sen. Mark Warner says that he is “absolutely not” reassured by news that Trump’s attorney general nominee William Barr said he won’t interfere in the Mueller probe, and suggests Barr recuse himself from the investigation pic.twitter.com/YO4cxFoXOr
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 9, 2019
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