Lindsey Graham: AG Nominee Barr Committed to Letting Mueller Finish Russia Probe

Lindsey Graham: AG Nominee Barr Committed to Letting Mueller Finish Russia Probe

Lindsey Graham: AG Nominee Barr Committed to Letting Mueller Finish Russia Probe

If confirmed, Barr, who previously served as U.S. attorney general under former President George H.W. Bush, would oversee the Mueller investigation.

In his time in charge of Mueller's years-long investigation, Rosenstein has been criticized by some Republicans for authorizing the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, and for failing to appoint a second special counsel to probe his own department's handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

Rosenstein reportedly assured them that he would assist Barr with the transition and help him find a replacement deputy.

Despite clear tensions between the acting attorney general and the president, an unnamed source familiar with the situation told CNN that Rosenstein is not being forced out of the White House.

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.

His former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, also pleaded guilty to a range of crime, including paying a pair of women alleging affairs with the President to keep quiet while Trump was running for office. Rosenstein, who had written a memo supporting the dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey based on the premise that Comey had treated Hillary Clinton unfairly during the 2016 campaign, had more recently clashed with Trump after reports he made comments about overthrowing Trump or secretly recording him shortly before Mueller's appointment. Rosenstein insisted he was making a joke.

Barr, now 68, served as the 77th attorney general during George H.W. Bush's administration, assuming the position at the age of 41.

"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 told reporters after the meeting.

"The Senate 'should subject Mr. Barr's views to the strictest of scrutiny next week and I still believe, after the revelations about Mr. Barr's unsolicited memo, President Trump ought to withdraw this nomination", Schumer said.

There is no set timeline for Mr Rosenstein's departure, according to United States media.

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.

Trump has denounced the investigation as a witch hunt. But Democrats will use the hearing as an opportunity to extract commitments from the nominee about his approach to the Mueller investigation.

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