Graham: Trump's AG nominee Barr will let Mueller probe finish

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats Overnight Defense: Trump says he doesn't need exit strategy with Iran | McConnell open to vote on Iran war authorization | Senate panel advances bill to restrict emergency arms sales GOP senator declines to directly address rape allegations against Trump MORE (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump campaign buys full page ads in Miami newspapers ahead of Dem debates Trump administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran isn't working Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama MORE's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, has committed to allowing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE to "complete his job."

Graham, the incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will be responsible for advancing Barr's nomination in the upper chamber, made the comments after meeting with Barr inside his Senate office building.

Barr “has a very high opinion of Mr. Mueller and is committed to seeing Mr. Mueller complete his job,” Graham told reporters moments after the meeting.

Graham said that Barr also told him that he had spoken with Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinMueller to testify publicly on July 17 Trump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Trump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch MORE, who informed Barr that "two years would probably be enough.”

Reports emerged Wednesday that Rosenstein, who has overseen the Russia probe since May 2017, is expected to leave the Justice Department within weeks, following the confirmation of Barr as attorney general.

Asked if he was concerned that Rosenstein plans to leave the DOJ upon Barr’s confirmation, Graham replied tersely “no.”

Trump's attorney general nominee is making the rounds on Capitol Hill this week ahead of his confirmation hearing on Jan. 15. Trump nominated Barr after ousting Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRoy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama Trump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Nikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' MORE from the post in November.

At least one Democratic lawmaker is concerned with Rosenstein‘s apparent pending departure from the Justice Department.

“I’m concerned about it because I've seen him as a reliable, steady public servant that understands his job and is willing to do [it] regardless of political pressure," Rep. Dan KildeeDaniel (Dan) Timothy KildeeDemocrats already jockeying for House leadership posts Cracks form in Democratic dam against impeachment Dems eye repeal of Justice rule barring presidential indictments MORE (D-Mich.) told. Hill.TV.

"Obviously since he's no longer been able to ... directly oversee this investigation, that is a problem unto itself. I understand he may feel it is time for him to move on, but any time we see some of these career public servants that have clearly done their duty absent of the politics of the moment, any time we see these folks leaving government raises a lot of concern because we wonder who is going to be there to say no when somebody has to say no. He was one of those people and if he's not there that increases our anxiety.”

— Molly Hooper