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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators zero in on shadowy court at center of IG report Graham: People should be fired over surveillance report findings GOP, Trump campaign rip CNN for coverage of Horowitz hearing MORE (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, has committed to allowing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment Trump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts 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 RosensteinRosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Judge rules former WH counsel McGahn must testify under subpoena 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 SessionsLisa Page sues DOJ, FBI over alleged privacy violations Sessions leads GOP Senate primary field in Alabama, internal poll shows Trump rebukes FBI chief Wray over inspector general's Russia inquiry 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 KildeeOvernight Energy: Dems unveil first bill toward goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 | Oversight panel asks EPA for plans on 'forever chemicals' | EPA finalizes rule easing chemical plant safety regulations Oversight Democrats ask EPA to turn over plans for regulating toxic 'forever chemicals' Mark Ruffalo's environmental drama 'Dark Waters' gets DC premiere 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