Lindsey Graham says Trump's AG pick committed to letting Mueller probe continue

US Official Overseeing Mueller Probe to Leave - Reports

US Official Overseeing Mueller Probe to Leave - Reports

The 53-year-old former US attorney in Maryland showed up at the White House in September expecting to be fired following a New York Times report that he raised the idea of recording Trump in secret two weeks after he took over the deputy attorney general role.

Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke after meeting with Barr, who was making the rounds with senators ahead of his confirmation hearing scheduled for next week.

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.

After ousting Sessions, Trump installed Whitaker, chief of staff at the Justice Department, as acting attorney general, which put him in charge of the Russian Federation probe.

The department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there is no specific time table for Rosenstein's departure and that he plans to leave sometime after Barr's confirmation in the Republican-led Senate.

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.

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

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Democratic Senator Patty Murray told Reuters, "Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein did a good job".

Graham said Barr told him that he has a high opinion of Rod Rosenstein, the current deputy attorney general who has so far overseen the Mueller investigation and is expected to leave office if Barr is confirmed. He has long overseen the investigation and has frequently drawn Trump's ire.

The attorney general pick also bashed Mueller's overall approach to law, which he condemned as "grossly irresponsible" with "potentially disastrous implications" for the presidency.

Graham made the comments after meeting on Capitol Hill with William Barr, the president's nominee for attorney general.

Trump also shared a photo on Twitter in November showing Rosenstein and others criticized by the president behind bars, calling for them to be tried for "treason".

Some Democrats expressed concern with Rosenstein's departure.

Graham listed a number of questions that he had put to Barr: 'I asked Mr. Barr directly, 'Do you think Mr. Mueller is on a witch hunt?' He said no.

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