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William Barr, Trump's pick to replace Sessions who was sacked soon after the November midterm congressional elections, is set to appear for a confirmation hearing next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which must weigh his nomination before the full Senate considers his approval.

Rosenstein has been a familiar face to viewers as he has occasionally had press conferences to announce the latest developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Rosenstein has managed the investigation since it began in May 2017.

After the report broke, Trump promised to get rid of a "lingering stench" at the Justice Department, but weeks later stated that he had a "very good relationship" with Rosenstein, and had "no plans" to give the Deputy AG his marching orders.

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

The incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is confident President Donald Trump's nominee to be attorney general is committed to letting the special counsel probe led by Robert S. Mueller III run its course. Barr will assume oversight of the probe once confirmed as AG. Rosenstein was seen by many as helping to protect Mueller from being fired and from other White House interference.

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Gutfeld said that Trump should discuss the "crux" of Democrats' arguments against a border wall, that one would be " immoral ". The president has described the situation on the U.S. -Mexico border as both a humanitarian and national security crisis .

But the assurances may not be enough for Democrats, since Graham also said he shared concerns raised by Barr about the possibility of a "slippery slope" from potentially alleging obstruction of justice against a president for firing a political appointee. He has long overseen the investigation and has frequently drawn Trump's ire.

Graham also told reporters that Barr said he wants the report Mueller is expected to produce to be "transparent".

A US Department of Justice official later told the BBC that someone "who was in the room" and heard Mr Rosenstein's secret recording suggestion had considered it to be a joke. Barr and Mueller worked together when Barr was Bush's attorney general from 1991 to 1993 and Mueller oversaw the department's criminal division.

But he also has been a target of President Donald Trump, who previous year tweeted out a picture of Rosenstein behind bars. 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.

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.