Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to resign soon

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to resign soon

Rosenstein has stayed on under Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, whose controversial appointment has sparked numerous legal challenges and raised questions about what role he would play regarding the investigation.

Barr's confirmation as attorney general ― a position now occupied on an acting basis by Matthew Whitaker following the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions ― would ensure a smooth transition, the person said.

Barr's other scheduled meetings on Wednesday included sit-downs with Republican Sens.

Grassley told reporters on Wednesday morning that Barr's experience - he served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush - "ought to make his nomination very easy this time".

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein has no concrete plans to depart and will stay on to help with the transition, said the person who asked not to be named.

"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.

CNN said Barr told the White House he wanted his own deputy. "He must also commit to resisting political pressure placed on the Justice Department".

Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel in May 2017 to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to sway the 2016 election.

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Whitaker also was critical or skeptical about the special counsel investigation. 11 House Republicans introduced articles of impeachment against Rosenstein last July based on this alleged misconduct, a move that ultimately went nowhere.

End of the road for Rosenstein?

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his position soon after William Barr is confirmed as attorney general.

If confirmed, Barr would be in charge of Mueller, unless he too recused himself.

When exactly Rosenstein leaves could shift depending on the timing of Barr's confirmation and the naming of a new deputy attorney general.

Top justice department official Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in 2016, is planning to quit, USA media reports.

Rosenstein was said to have discussed removing Trump from office or secretly recording conversations with him; he said he never authorized any action after those conversations but Justice Department sources said he expected to be fired. CBS News Washington correspondent Paula Reid joined CBSN with more.

Mr Rosenstein has yet to comment on the reports.

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