Rosenstein on Barr in Time 100: 'The rule of law is secure'

Rosenstein on Barr in Time 100: 'The rule of law is secure'
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Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinSupreme Court to hear dispute over Democrats' access to Mueller materials Republicans release newly declassified intelligence document on FBI source Steele GOP's Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst MORE penned a glowing write-up on Attorney General William BarrBill BarrDemocrat asks Barr to preserve any records tied to environmental hacking probe Justice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: report Ousted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week MORE, who was named to Time magazine's annual "100 Most Influential People" list.

"He knows the history, he understands the issues, he respects the employees, and he will defend the principles," Rosenstein wrote of his boss in the profile published on Wednesday. "With Bill Barr at the helm, the rule of law is secure." 

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Rosenstein mentioned Barr's previous tenure as attorney general from 1991-1993 as enhancing his "reputation in the private sector."

"He earned widespread respect for his integrity and professionalism, and he enhanced that reputation in the private sector," he wrote of Barr's first tenure as attorney general. 

Barr has made headlines in recent weeks for his four-page synopsis of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's report. Barr said that the report on the nearly two-year probe found no evidence of collusion between Russia and President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Anderson Cooper: Trump's Bubba Wallace tweet was 'racist, just plain and simple' Beats by Dre announces deal with Bubba Wallace, defends him after Trump remarks Overnight Defense: DOD reportedly eyeing Confederate flag ban | House military spending bill blocks wall funding MORE's 2016 campaign and not enough evidence to pursue an obstruction of justice charge against Trump. A redacted version of the full Mueller report is expected to be released Thursday. 

Mueller and Trump were also on Time's list, which has been published annually for 15 years.

Rosenstein has worked for the Justice Department for almost 30 years and is expected to leave the department soon.