The fate of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe is looming large over a high-stakes hearing for President Trump’s attorney general nominee.
William Barr will be in the hot seat this week when he faces the Senate Judiciary Committee for a two-day grilling that is expected to focus on the fate of Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
Democrats were already anxious over Barr because of an unsolicited memo he drafted criticizing Mueller’s investigation. But those concerns have ballooned amid reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and has overseen the investigation, will be leaving the Justice Department.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat and a member of the committee, predicted that the special counsel investigation will be “front and center” at the hearing.