Deputy US Attorney General Rosenstein expected to resign in weeks

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Evan Vucci Associated Press/2018 Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Rosenstein, who has been a punching bag for President Trump, mainly because of his job of overseeing the Mueller Probe, says that he will leave the post once Trump's new nominee for Attorney General, William Barr, has been confirmed.

Republicans, of course, control the Senate with 53 votes, so ― barring some huge revelation ― Barr's confirmation doesn't appear to be in any real jeopardy.

Other Democrats on the panel may call for Barr to recuse himself outright from the Russian Federation investigation, the way then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions did.

"I know the deputy attorney general has always planned to roughly stay around two years". Rosenstein has said the memo had no impact on the department's work.

Barr told the SC senator that he would follow Department of Justice (DOJ) procedure while "erring on the side of transparency" about sharing Mueller's final report with Congress and the public.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer painted a different picture in remarks on the Senate floor, citing a memo Barr wrote to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein previous year.

Trump has denounced the investigation as a witch hunt.

If confirmed, Mr Barr will succeed acting attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who replaced former Attorney General Jeff Sessions after he was sacked by Mr Trump.

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

Last year, the White House expressed alarm over the warrant to spy on Page, saying it "raises serious concerns about the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use the government's most intrusive surveillance tools against American citizens".

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News on Wednesday that she couldn't confirm reports of Rod Rosenstein's departure because she hadn't spoken to him yet, but said no one was trying to oust the deputy attorney general.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters that Barr talked to him about his relationship with Mueller, including the fact that their wives are in a Bible study group together and Mueller has attended two of Barr's daughters' weddings.

Barr submitted a memo to the Justice Department previous year that argued the law doesn't support an inquiry into whether Trump may have obstructed justice if he tried to frustrate the Russian Federation investigation. Barr is expected to face questioning from Democrats about his views of the Mueller investigation at next week's hearing.

After Trump fired then-FBI director James Comey in May 2017, legal experts suggested Mueller was pursuing an obstruction of justice case against the president.

Trump also shared a photo on Twitter in November showing Rosenstein and others criticized by the president behind bars, calling for them to be tried for "treason". Barr said he would go through the process of determining whether the Mueller report could be shared with Congress and the public when the report is finished, according to Graham.

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