White House says Rosenstein departure his choice

US Official Overseeing Mueller Probe to Leave - Reports

US Official Overseeing Mueller Probe to Leave - Reports

If Barr is confirmed, he would likely assume oversight of the Russian Federation investigation, which he has previously expressed criticisms of.

Lindsey Graham he would allow special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to continue unabated, Graham said Wednesday. Soon after, Rosenstein named Mueller as special counsel. Graham said that the two men were "best friends", that their wives attended Bible study together and that Mueller had attended the weddings of Barr's children.

Sources told ABC that Rosenstein had wanted to remain with the DOJ until Barr's Senate confirmation to ensure a smooth transition within the department. Barr is expected to face questioning from Democrats about his views of the Mueller investigation at next week's hearing. 'Do you think he would be fair to the president and the country as a whole?' He said yes. He said no. And do you see any reason for Mr. Mueller's investigation to be stopped.

This claim has been somewhat corroborated by several other "legal sources" speaking to NBC news, who claim that the Mueller probe will conclude by mid-to-late February.

Barr responded, Graham said, that he would "go through the process of what I can share with the Congress and the public, erring on the side of transparency".

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.

Rosenstein and his chief deputy have continued to maintain day-to-day oversight over the probe, a senior Justice Department official told reporters last month.

"So his opinion of Mr. Mueller is very, very high in terms of ethics and character and professionalism", Graham said.

However, Graham said after meeting with Barr Wednesday that he was not concerned that Barr would interfere with the Mueller investigation.

After Sessions recused himself in May 2017 due to his connections to the Trump campaign, Rosenstein appointed Mueller to oversee the investigation.

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

Rosenstein considered resigning in September after reports surfaced he discussed wearing a "wire" to secretly record conversations with Trump in the Oval Office a year ago and discussed the possibility of Cabinet officials invoking the 25 Amendment to remove the president. 'He has got some ideas of a deputy. Grassley of Iowa, who is trading the Judiciary gavel for Finance, Barr moved on to visit with Sen.

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