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Rod Rosenstein expected to leave Justice Department in weeks

Rod Rosenstein deputy attorney general in Washington on Sept. 4 2018. MUST CREDIT Bloomberg Andrew Harrer Bloomberg News Rod Rosenstein has served as deputy attorney general for almost two years
Ellis Copeland | 09 January, 2019, 20:24

Barr's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing takes place next week.

Barr's dance card included incoming Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; outgoing Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; and Nebraska Republican Sen. Key Senate Democrats have questioned whether he can objectively oversee Mueller's probe in light of that position and his expansive views on executive power generally.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly wants to ensure a smooth transition for incoming Attorney General nominee Bill Barr; Peter Doocy reports from Capitol Hill.

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

Mueller is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and contacts with the Trump campaign.

Rosenstein, a career prosecutor, will leave the Department of Justice shortly after Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, is confirmed by the Senate, ABC News first reported, citing "multiple sources familiar with his plans".

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Drugs, terrorists, violent criminals, and child traffickers trying to enter our country though our southern border . The POTUS also blamed the Democrats for the ongoing governmental shutdown.


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He said the designs feature metal bars that create a "pinch point" when activated, often by people trying to get into the boxes. He said the locks would have to be robust, however, so they couldn't be opened with a crow bar.


Mattia Binotto replaces Maurizio Arrivabene as Ferrari team boss
Binotto had reportedly been chosen previously as Arrivabene's successor by former Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne, who died in July. Vettel will be hoping Binotto's appointment can help him overcome Hamilton and Mercedes to win a fifth world title in 2019.


Barr asserted that the president had been acting within his executive branch of authority when he made the request and said Mueller "should not be permitted to demand that the president submit to interrogation about alleged obstruction".

Mr Rosenstein has spent his career at the Department of Justice, and most recently served for 12 years as the US Attorney General for the state of Maryland before beginning his current role in April 2017.

ABC News reported there was no indication Rosenstein was being forced to step down. Soon after, Rosenstein named Mueller as special counsel. But Rosenstein disputed McCabe's characterization of the conversation.

All along, Mueller's investigation has continued, but it isn't clear to anyone outside a handful of select leaders how much longer it may run or with what effect - and consequently, what kind of effect the transition from Rosenstein to Barr might have.

"It's being handled appropriately", Rosenstein told reporters last month. Rosenstein has said the memo had no impact on the department's work.

Rosenstein himself has sought to allay fears about the effect of any one leader on the workings of the Justice Department generally and the Russian Federation investigation specifically.

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