White House says Rosenstein departure his choice

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President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, told Trump confidant Sen.

Barr's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to begin January 15, and The Washington Post reported that Rosenstein does not have a definitive timeline for departure.

The incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that Attorney General nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and will let him complete his Russian Federation investigation. Barr said he would go through the process of determining whether the Mueller report could be shared with Congress and the public when the report is finished, according to Graham.

Mr Rosenstein has spent his career at the Department of Justice, and most recently served for 12 years as the US Attorney General for the state of Maryland before beginning his current role in April 2017.

Rosenstein and his chief deputy have continued to maintain day-to-day oversight over the probe, a senior Justice Department official told reporters last month.

"I don't think there's any willingness by the President or the White House to push him out", Sanders said.

"I know the deputy attorney general has always planned to roughly stay around two years".

She says he wants to help with the transition to a new attorney general.

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A White House official said the meeting included a briefing on border security by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. The tweet continued to say that "we are now planning a steel barrier rather than concrete", and called it a "good solution".

The deputy attorney general reportedly made the decision to step down and was not forced out by the White House.

Rosenstein remained in the post after Trump named political loyalist Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general in November.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the USA official overseeing the Russian Federation probe, is expected to resign from his post in the coming weeks, ABC News reported on Wednesday.

Barr is visiting senators on Capitol Hill ahead of his confirmation hearings next week. He has long overseen the investigation and has frequently drawn Trump's ire.

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 past year.

But he also has been a target of President Donald Trump, who a year ago tweeted out a picture of Rosenstein behind bars. Soon after, Rosenstein named Mueller as special counsel.

"As attorney general, his job will be to receive Mr. Mueller's report and determine what to do with it", Graham said.

"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. 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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