Rod Rosenstein set to leave U.S. Justice Department

Rod Rosenstein set to leave U.S. Justice Department

The department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there is no specific time table for Rosenstein's departure and that he plans to leave sometime after Barr's confirmation in the Republican-led Senate.

Rosenstein took charge of overseeing Mueller's Russian Federation probe after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation.

Once confirmed, Barr would assume oversight of the probe.

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.

The man who appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel is making his exit.

In May 2017, shortly after the president dumped Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey, Rosenstein appointed Mueller to take over the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties between Russians and Trump associates. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Wednesday, ahead of next week's confirmation hearing. "They talked. Mr. Rosenstein mentioned to him, when they first met, I think, that two years would probably be enough", Graham said.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is reportedly set to depart from the White House in coming weeks, according to multiple reports.

Barr would take over control of the investigation, assuming the same final say over major investigative steps that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has had since former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was ousted in November.

Graham made the comments after meeting on Capitol Hill with William Barr, the president's nominee for attorney general.

Barr submitted a memo to the Justice Department a year ago 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. But he also has been a target of President Donald Trump, who a year ago tweeted out a picture of Rosenstein behind bars. Rosenstein denied the report.

Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush in the early 1990s, has publicly questioned the scope of the Mueller investigation. But Democrats will use the hearing as an opportunity to extract commitments from the nominee about his approach to the Mueller investigation.

Rosenstein has been a familiar face to viewers as he has occasionally had press conferences to announce the latest developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. 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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