Attorney General William Barr is set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday regarding Mueller’s final report. Barr has received large criticism over his mischaracterization of the report.
On Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced his resignation, and was expected to step down following Barr’s appointment. Rosenstein hired the special counsel to investigate Russian election interference.
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According to NPR:
‘Rosenstein’s letter defended the independence of the Justice Department and adopted a theme he has been using in speeches over the past few weeks: He was put in a position of having had to make tough calls but argues he made the right ones.’
After a tumultuous two years as the Justice Department’s top second official, Rosenstein’s resignation will be effective on May 11 after the Senate confirms Jeffrey Rosen who was nominated to replace him. In his letter, Rosenstein wrote:
‘We enforce the law without fear or favor because credible evidence is not partisan, and truth is not determined by opinion polls.
‘ignore fleeting distractions and focus our attention on the things that matter, because a republic that endures is not governed by the news cycle.’
Early in Rosenstein’s tenure, one story hit The New York Times describing conversations where Rosenstein had talked about secretly recording Mr. Trump. Rosenstein claims that he never actually authorized it.
Barr has objected to committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s plan to assign some of the questioning at Thursday’s hearing to staff attorneys.
Kerri Kupec, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said in a statement Sunday:
‘The attorney general agreed to appear before Congress. Therefore, members of Congress should be the ones doing the questioning.
‘He remains happy to engage with members on their questions regarding the Mueller report.’
According to CBS News:
‘But Democrats believe Barr, as the committee’s witness, should not dictate the parameters of the hearing, scheduled for Thursday morning. A spokesperson for the Democratic-controlled panel also said the Justice Department can’t prohibit members of Congress from asking about redacted sections of the Mueller report.’
According to The Los Angeles Times:
‘Nadler is smart to turn to committee lawyers to pose those questions and others and presumably to follow up if Barr proves unresponsive. And, despite what the Justice Department suggested, it’s not that unusual for lawyers to join in questioning witnesses before congressional committees.’
Rosenstein wrote in his resignation:
‘The median tenure of a Deputy Attorney General is 16 months, and few serve no longer than two years. As I submit my resignation effective on May 11, I am grateful to you for the opportunity to serve; for the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations, and for the goals you set in your inaugural address: patriotism, unity, safety, education, and prosperity, because “a nation exists to serve its citizens.” The Department of Justice pursues those goals while operating in accordance with the rule of law. The rule of law is the foundation of America. It secures our freedom, allows our citizens to flourish, and enables our nation to serve as a model of liberty and justice for all.’
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