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Rosenstein to stay at DOJ for ‘a little while longer’ despite initial plans to resign after William Barr’s appointment: report

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On Tuesday, Fox News reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who previously planned to resign in mid-March just after the appointment of President Donald Trump’s new Attorney General William Barr, has now reached an agreement with Barr to stay on for “a little while longer.”

Speculation is that Rosenstein wants to hang on at the Justice Department until the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election:

DOJ sources confirmed to Fox News that Rosenstein is still the primary liaison between department headquarters and Mueller’s office, even though the recently confirmed Barr has ultimate oversight over the Russia investigation.

When Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election is complete, he is expected to hand his findings to Barr. It is unclear what will happen after that.

Rosenstein’s change of heart is likely to delay Trump’s appointment of Jeffrey Rosen, a Transportation Department official, to replace him — a decision that caused worry due to the fact that Rosen has no experience running the DOJ and would serve in a role that is critical for the day to day operations of the federal justice system.

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Rosenstein, who originally served under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, wrote the memo providing a dubious justification for Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey — something former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe has alleged Rosenstein did against his better judgment.

He also assumed oversight of Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, due to Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from Russia-related matters — and Rosenstein’s refusal to shut down or interfere with Mueller’s work has been a constant source of fury for Trump, who has baselessly attacked the probe as a “witch hunt.”


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‘Trump literally just confessed to the crime’: Pennsylvania Democrat

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Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) believes President Donald Trump confessed to bribing or extorting Ukraine in an effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

The president told reporters Monday morning at the United Nations that he had withheld foreign aid from Ukraine as he discussed alleged corruption involving Biden, the Democratic presidential frontrunner.

"It's very important to talk about corruption," Trump. "If you don't talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?...It's very important that on occasion you speak to somebody about corruption."

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Trump’s jumbled response to Ukraine scandal is a strong signal of what’s to come: columnist

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On Monday, President Donald Trump denied allegations that he extorted the president of Ukraine for information about Joe Biden. “It’s a ridiculous story,” Trump said during an appearance at the United Nations.

The controversy emerged after an anonymous whistleblower in the intelligence community logged a complaint with their agency about improper behavior by the president on a phone call with a foreign leader. “It’s a partisan whistleblower,” the president added.

Previously, the president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani had traveled to Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden. Critics worry that during a conversation with the president of Ukraine about rooting out corruption in his country, Trump suggested he offer information about Biden in exchange for funding.

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FBI arrests far-right extremist who talked about ‘bombing a major U.S. news network’: report

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The FBI has arrested a member of the United States Army who allegedly talked about plans to carry out acts of violence in the U.S.

According to ABC News' Mike Levine, the arrested man "allegedly discussed plans to bomb a major U.S. news network, discussed traveling to Ukraine to fight with violent far-right group, and allegedly distributed info online on how to build bombs."

Levine also reports that the arrested man also made mention of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, who made headlines during a recent primary debate by saying he wanted to confiscate AR-15s and AK-47s. It is not known at this time if the man made a direct threat to O'Rourke, however.

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