Lindsey Graham: Trump attorney general pick will let Mueller finish Russian Federation probe

10 January, 2019, 10:40 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his position soon after William Barr is confirmed as attorney general

Last month, Trump nominated the former attorney general for George H.W. Bush, William Barr, for the position.

Still, Rosenstein's departure is noteworthy given his high-profile role overseeing the Mueller probe and the tenuous relationship he had with Trump, who has repeatedly decried Rosenstein's decision to appoint the special counsel. Also, Rosenstein told senators during his 2017 confirmation hearing that he would not remain in his post if he believed that he was being pressured to influence any investigations.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News on Wednesday that Rosenstein had always planned to stick around two years.

"My guess is that he is making room for the new attorney general to build a team that he wants around him", she added.

But after Mr Session was ousted in November, his replacement Matthew Whitaker took over the investigation, refusing to recuse himself despite his previous public criticism of the probe.

Barr's confirmation is expected to bring a change there when Rosenstein steps down at some point after he is confirmed so that Barr can select his own deputy. He has long overseen the investigation and has frequently drawn Trump's ire.

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".

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The newspaper also reported that he suggested secretly recording Mr Trump to expose White House turmoil and dysfunction.

Barr's nomination is likely to meet heavy scrutiny regarding the ongoing investigation, particularly from Democrats, following reports he had written a memo in June questioning the probe.

The attorney general pick also bashed Mueller's overall approach to law, which he condemned as "grossly irresponsible" with "potentially disastrous implications" for the presidency.

However Mr Rosenstein was stripped of the role late previous year when Mr Sessions was forced out by the president.

Graham said Mueller and Barr are "best friends" and have known each other for over 20 years, their wives have been in a Bible study group together and Mueller has attended the weddings of two of Barr's daughters.

In November, the president said Rosenstein "should have never picked a special counsel" to investigate the Russian Federation matter and retweeted an image depicting Rosenstein and several other current and former officials in a prison cell.

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