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Rosenstein expected to leave Justice in weeks

Rosenstein expected to leave Justice in weeks”

"I haven't spoken to the deputy attorney general myself, so I'll leave any announcements for him or the president to make when they want to do that, but certainly I don't think there's any willingness by the President or the White House to push him out", she noted.

"I know the deputy attorney general has always planned to roughly stay around two years", Sanders told "Fox & Friends" co-hosts.

The deputy attorney general has been managing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation and has signaled to other officials that he would leave when he was satisfied that Mueller's investigation was either complete or close enough to completion that it was protected.

Barr's Senate confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin January 15, which means a vote would be held mid-February at the earliest, CNN reported.

Barr has made critical comments of the Mueller investigation in the past, including an unsolicited memo he sent the Justice Department previous year critiquing Mueller's investigation into whether the president had sought to obstruct justice by firing Comey.

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.

He then handed off oversight to his deputy, putting Mr Rosenstein in the spotlight and leading to criticism from Republicans in Congress as well as Mr Trump. Mr Rosenstein continued to help supervise the inquiry. At the earliest, Barr's confirmation vote would take place in mid-February. CNN also reported the move, citing an unnamed source. Let's hope this means Rosenstein believes that Mueller's work is largely done and can no longer be derailed.

A US Department of Justice official later told the BBC that someone "who was in the room" and heard Mr Rosenstein's secret recording suggestion had considered it to be a joke.

Barr submitted a memo to the Justice Department past year 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.

He has accused the investigation of being led by "Democrat loyalists". His interim successor, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, consulted with Justice Department officials but ultimately decided not to recuse himself.



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