Rosenstein Source Says Mueller Probe Will End By Beginning of March

Arturo Kim
January 10, 2019

Graham said there was "absolutely no indication he was going to tell Bob Mueller what to do, or how to do it".

Barr will also "air on the side of transparency" in providing Mueller's final Russian Federation report to Congress and the public, Graham told reporters after a meeting with Barr. He added that Barr would be an "excellent attorney general when he is confirmed". Graham said the two men were "best friends" and have known each other for 20 years.

"Their wives are in a Bible study together".

The 53-year-old former USA attorney in Maryland showed up at the White House in September expecting to be fired following a New York Times report that he raised the idea of recording Trump in secret two weeks after he took over the deputy attorney general role. Barr, Graham said, told him he didn't think Mueller was on a "witch hunt", as Trump has branded the Mueller probe.

He went on to say Barr told him that he thinks it is "a moment for the country and we need to think this thing through, in terms of the discretion of a president to fire a political appointee". He said no. And do you see any reason for Mr. Mueller's investigation to be stopped. Several legal sources have said they expect the Mueller team to conclude its work by mid-to-late February, although they said that timeline could change based on unforeseen investigative developments.

The forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who Trump had accused of failing to "take control" of the Justice Department, a month later once again prompted speculation that Rosenstein's days were numbered.

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Incoming Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said Wednesday the committee plans to probe allegations of government surveillance abuse amid ongoing concerns over Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department efforts to surveil Trump campaign advisers during the 2016 race.

In November, Trump retweeted an image from a pro-Trump Twitter account featuring Rosenstein as well as Robert Mueller and a range of prominent Democrats, including the Clintons and Barack Obama, behind prison bars.

Rosenstein's willingness to leave DOJ could be read as another sign that the Mueller probe is winding down ahead of an anticipated report laying out the evidence investigators have uncovered about Russian election interference and the Trump campaign.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller and remains his most visible Justice Department protector, is expected to leave his position soon after William Barr is confirmed as attorney general, a person familiar with the plans said Wednesday.

In September the New York Times reported, citing anonymous sources, that Mr Rosenstein had discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th amendment of the United States constitution, which provides for the removal of a president if he is deemed unfit for office. 'He has got some ideas of a deputy. "I trust his judgement to find a worthy successor to Mr. Rosenstein".

Barr was also scheduled to meet with Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who said he believes Barr's experience "ought to make his nomination very easy." Sen.

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