Attorney general nominee says he won't fire special counsel: Graham

US Official Overseeing Mueller Probe to Leave - Reports

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who had backed legislation to protect the Mueller probe, said Rosenstein's presence at DOJ "has been reassuring to many of us who are concerned about the independence of the special counsel's investigation".

Rod Rosenstein is a Justice Department official.

Rosenstein has continued to help supervise the Mueller probe even as Trump's pick for Acting Attorney General, Matt Whitaker, assumed control of it, per NBC.

ABC News reported that Rosenstein has told Trump and others that he plans to depart in the coming weeks, probably once the Senate confirms a new Justice Department chief. 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.

"They talked. Mr. Rosenstein mentioned to him, when they first met, I think, that two years would probably be enough", Graham said.

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Rosenstein reportedly planned to stay for two years anyway, and there is no indication that Trump is forcing him out of the administration, ABC reported.

Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, plans to leave the Justice Department shortly after a new attorney general is sworn into office, according to sources.

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.

But he has been a frequent target of President Donald Trump's criticism.

"I can assure you he has a very high opinion of Mr. Mueller and he is committed to letting Mr. Mueller finish his job", Graham said.

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Rosenstein was said to have discussed removing Trump from office or secretly recording conversations with him; he said he never authorized any action after those conversations but Justice Department sources said he expected to be fired.

Barr has criticized 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.

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.

"I asked Mr. Barr directly do you think Bob, Mr. Mueller's on a witch hunt?"

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said last month that Barr's memo should disqualify him from serving as attorney general.

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