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 Rosenstein10 questions for Robert Mueller What to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony MORE penned a glowing write-up on Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham Barr10 questions for Robert Mueller Democratic lawmaker calls asylum, refugee programs 'crown jewel' of immigration system Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony 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." 


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) 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's report. Barr said that the report on the nearly two-year probe found no evidence of collusion between Russia and President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller 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.