Attorney General pick Barr expresses confidence in Mueller

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"He said no", Graham said.

"Their wives are in a Bible study together".

President Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, is expected to take over around that time, pending Senate confirmation.

Trump has denounced the investigation as a witch hunt.

He went on to say Barr told him that he thinks it is "a moment for the country and we need to think this thing through, in terms of the discretion of a president to fire a political appointee". 'And do you see any reason for Mr. Mueller's investigation to be stopped?' He said no. Several legal sources have said they expect the Mueller team to conclude its work by mid-to-late February, although they said that timeline could change based on unforeseen investigative developments.

Graham said Barr said that if he were attorney general, he would "err on the side of transparency" when he eventually received Mueller's report.

William Barr was scheduled to meet with at least three key Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans ahead of his confirmation hearing scheduled for next week.

On Wednesday, when asked by ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas to assess Rosenstein's performance at the Justice Department, Barr replied: "Excellent".

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'So his opinion of Mr. Mueller is very, very high in terms of ethics and character and professionalism, ' Graham said.

Last year, the White House expressed alarm over the warrant to spy on Page, saying it "raises serious concerns about the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use the government's most intrusive surveillance tools against American citizens".

Now NBC is reporting, however, that Rosenstein is planning on staying on as Deputy Attorney General until Mueller submits a report. Rosenstein will stay on to ensure a smooth transition for Barr, the official said, adding that Rosenstein has viewed his current job as a two-year stint and is not being forced out.

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.

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued remarks about the reports of Rosenstein's purported departure. 'He has got some ideas of a deputy.

"Certainly, I don't think there's any willingness by the president or the White House to push him out", Sanders told Fox News in an interview.

Barr's nomination is likely to meet heavy scrutiny regarding the Russian Federation investigation, particularly from Democrats, following reports he had written a memo in June questioning the probe.

Barr's dance card included incoming Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; outgoing Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; and Nebraska Republican Sen.