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Rod Rosenstein, man who appointed Robert Mueller, 'plans to leave' Justice Department

Rod Rosenstein, man who appointed Robert Mueller, 'plans to leave' Justice Department

The incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is confident President Donald Trump's nominee to be attorney general is committed to letting the special counsel probe led by Robert S. Mueller III run its course.

Barr, nominated by Trump to replace the ousted Jeff Sessions, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a confirmation hearing next week and could be in place at the DOJ as soon as February.

CBS News reported that while Rosenstein was planning to resign, there was no exact timeline for his departure and that he would stay on in a transition period after Barr is confirmed.

Rosenstein took charge of overseeing Mueller's Russian Federation probe after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation. Barr and Mueller worked together when Barr was Bush's attorney general between 1991 and 1993 and Mueller oversaw the department's criminal division.

Speculation about his departure mounted after Sessions was sacked in November and Matt Whitaker began serving as acting attorney general.

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Whitaker also was critical or skeptical about the special counsel investigation.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer painted a different picture in remarks on the Senate floor, citing a memo Barr wrote to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein previous year. Barr will assume oversight of the probe once confirmed as AG.

Rosenstein has been frequently criticized by Trump, who calls the Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt" and denies any collusion with Moscow.

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.

ABC News first reported Rosenstein's planned departure.

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These assurances are set to be delivered to lawmakers before they vote, although not before they start their debate on Wednesday. Lawmakers are also taking legislative action to try to prevent "no deal".

Rosenstein's departure has always been the subject of speculation.

Mr Rosenstein has yet to comment on the reports.

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At a news conference in December, Rosenstein said that Mueller's investigation would be "handled appropriately" no matter who is overseeing it.

But the assurances may not be enough for Democrats, since Graham also said he shared concerns raised by Barr about the possibility of a "slippery slope" from potentially alleging obstruction of justice against a president for firing a political appointee.

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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.