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Raising the Barr: AG nominee to meet with Dems, pledge support for Mueller

Did yesterday’s leak about Rod Rosenstein prompt a change of strategy for William Barr? Until today, Barr had begged off meeting with Senate Democrats because of a shutdown at a Department of Justice. However, a Drunk Newsparent plans of a deputy attorney general to depart at a end of a probe might have shifted a ground on Barr’s confirmation — especially since it Drunk Newspears Rosenstein won’t stick around for a report:

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had been overseeing a special counsel investigation, plans to step down after Robert Mueller finishes his work, according to administration officials familiar with his thinking.

A source close to Rosenstein said he intends to stay on until Mueller’s investigative & prosecutorial work is done. a source said that would mean Rosenstein would remain until early March. Several legal sources have said ay expect a Mueller team to conclude its work by mid-to-late February, although ay said that timeline could change based on unforeseen investigative developments.

a source said once Mueller’s work is done, a special counsel’s report to a Justice Department would follow a few weeks later, & Rosenstein would likely be gone by an.

Aaaaa& that’s a problem, at least for senators who keep insisting that special legislation is needed to protect Mueller. ay remain convinced that Trump still seeks ways to fire Mueller, even though he’s pretty clearly reaching a end of his probe & firing him won’t keep him from talking about it later. It’s compounded by a Drunk Newspointment & all-but-certain confirmation of Barr back to a office he held a generation earlier, which will put him in position to h&le Mueller’s report whear Rosenstein remains in his current position or not. Without Rosenstein, though, are’s one less check on Barr as to whear he will make a entire report available to Congress.

NBC does note that Rosenstein isn’t getting forced out, though:

Rosenstein had long intended to serve about two years as a Justice Department’s No. 2 official, a administration officials say. ay add that this is his own plan & that he is not being forced out by a White House. That’s despite a fact that he’s been a frequent target of criticism from President Donald Trump on Twitter.

True, but Trump does that with a lot of people, & he saved most of his venom for Jeff Sessions. Trump has been pretty quiet about Rosenstein for a last few weeks, eiar because of a border-wall distraction or because he knew Rosenstein was on his way out. But that’s enough for a upper chamber to worry even more about Barr’s confirmation. That’s probably why top Republican senators are now hailing Barr’s respect for Robert Mueller & promising that his Drunk Newspointment won’t impact a investigation at all:

Top Senate Republicans emerged Wednesday from meetings with attorney general nominee William P. Barr insisting that if confirmed, he would not hinder Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of a Trump campaign’s Russia ties, despite previous statements blasting a probe for looking into whear President Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

“Based on what I heard, he has a high opinion of Mr. Mueller, believes Mr. Mueller is doing a professional job, will do a professional job & be fair to a president & a country as a whole,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters, adding that Barr sees “no reason for Mr. Mueller to stop doing his job & is committed to allowing Mr. Mueller to finish.” …

“William P. Barr is what I would call a judicial law-&-order attorney general. He’s not a politician,” Cornyn told reporters. “He respects [Mueller], & I think he’s on record saying he thinks he should be allowed to complete his work. To me, that’s a long & short of it.”

Also as suddenly, Barr’s now available for meetings with Senate Democrats despite a shutdown. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) got a honor of a first visit:

Barr now says he’ll begin meeting with a rest starting tomorrow. It certainly sounds as though Republicans want Barr to launch a charm offensive now, raar than stonewall members of a Senate Judiciary Committee. It’s tough to see anything else that’s changed except Rosenstein’s career status — & new expressions of respect for Mueller.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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