Rosen­stein ex­pected to leave Jus­tice Dept.

De­par­ture will cre­ate uncer­tainty about the over­sight of Mueller’s Rus­sia probe

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WASH­ING­TON—DEPUTY At­tor­ney Gen­eral Rod Rosen­stein, the most vis­i­ble Jus­tice De­part­ment pro­tec­tor of spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion and a fre­quent tar­get of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s wrath, is ex­pected to leave his po­si­tion soon af­ter Trump’s nom­i­nee for at­tor­ney gen­eral is con­firmed.

The de­par­ture cre­ates uncer­tainty about the over­sight of Mueller’s team as it en­ters what may be its fi­nal months of work. But the at­tor­ney gen­eral nom­i­nee, Wil­liam Barr, moved quickly Wednes­day to quell con­cerns that his ar­rival could en­dan­ger the probe, telling law­mak­ers dur­ing Capi­tol Hill vis­its ahead of his con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing that he has a high opin­ion of Mueller.

“He had ab­so­lutely no in­di­ca­tion he was go­ing to tell Bob Mueller what to do or how to do it,” said Repub­li­can Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham, the in­com­ing chair of the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, which will ques­tion Barr next Tues­day.

If con­firmed by the Repub­li­can-led Se­nate, Barr could be in place at the Jus­tice De­part­ment by Fe­bru­ary. Rosen­stein is ex­pected to leave his po­si­tion soon af­ter that, though he is not be­ing forced out, said a per­son fa­mil­iar with the plans who was not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss them on the record.

The de­par­ture is not sur­pris­ing given that Rosen­stein has been deputy for al­most two years. It is com­mon for new at­tor­neys gen­eral to have their own deputies and Barr has told peo­ple close to him that he wanted his own No. 2.

It was un­clear who might re­place Rosen­stein, though Barr has some ideas for a se­lec­tion, Gra­ham said, with­out elab­o­rat­ing. The deputy po­si­tion re­quires Se­nate con­fir­ma­tion.

Rosen­stein’s de­par­ture is note­wor­thy given his ap­point­ment of Mueller and close su­per­vi­sion of his work. He’s also en­dured a ten­u­ous re­la­tion­ship with Trump, who has re­peat­edly de­cried Rosen­stein’s de­ci­sion to ap­point Mueller, and with con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans who ac­cused him of with­hold­ing doc­u­ments from them and not in­ves­ti­gat­ing ag­gres­sively enough what they con­tend was po­lit­i­cal bias within the FBI. Deputy At­tor­ney Gen­eral Rod Rosen­stein is ex­pected to leave his po­si­tion soon af­ter Wil­liam Barr is con­firmed as at­tor­ney gen­eral. Bangladeshi gar­ment work­ers shout slo­gans as they block a road dur­ing a demon­stra­tion to de­mand higher wages, in Dhaka on Wednes­day. Lon­don—britain’s bat­tle over Brexit turned into po­lit­i­cal trench war­fare be­tween Par­lia­ment and the gov­ern­ment Wednes­day, as Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May brought her lit­tle-loved EU divorce agree­ment back to law­mak­ers who ap­pear de­ter­mined to thwart her plans.

A month af­ter post­pon­ing a vote on the deal to avert near-cer­tain de­feat, May urged Par­lia­ment to sup­port

it to pre­vent Britain leav­ing the EU on March 29 with no agree­ment on exit terms and fu­ture re­la­tions, an out­come that could cause eco­nomic and so­cial up­heaval.

“The only way to avoid ‘no deal’ is to vote for the deal,” May told law­mak­ers in the House of Com­mons on the first of five days of de­bate ahead of a vote on Tues­day.

May post­poned the vote in mid-de­cem­ber when it be­came clear law­mak­ers would re­sound­ingly re­ject the agree­ment, a com­pro­mise deal that has left both pro-euro­pean and pro-brexit politi­cians un­happy. Rather than warm­ing to May’s deal since then, law­mak­ers have tried to wrest con­trol of Brexit from the Pro and Anti Brexit cam­paign­ers con­verge out­side the Houses of Par­lia­ment. MPS will de­bate a deal in Par­lia­ment af­ter last month’s vote was called off.

gov­ern­ment and put it in the hands of Par­lia­ment.

An al­liance of gov­ern­ing Con­ser­va­tive and op­po­si­tion leg­is­la­tors has dealt May two WWW.THES­TAR.COM

May brings Brexit deal back to par­lia­ment

Bangladesh po­lice, gar­ment work­ers clash in protests

DHAKA, BANGLADESH—BANGLADESH po­lice fired tear gas and swung ba­tons as thou­sands of gar­ment work­ers demon­strated for bet­ter wages for a fourth day Wednes­day, shut­ting down fac­to­ries on the out­skirts of the cap­i­tal.

The Daily Star news­pa­per said one pro­tester was fa­tally shot and three dozen oth­ers were in­jured in clashes with po­lice. Po­lice fired tear gas and wa­ter can­nons to pre­vent demon­stra­tors from block­ing the road lead­ing to Dhaka’s Hazrat Shah­jalal In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Work­ers re­sponded by hurl­ing bricks at po­lice and set­ting ve­hi­cles ablaze.

Bangladesh’s gar­ment in­dus­try gen­er­ates around $30 bil­lion (U.S.) in ex­ports a year, mak­ing it the sec­ond largest in the world af­ter China. It makes prod­ucts for big-name fash­ion re­tail­ers in­clud­ing Zara, H&M and Uniqlo.

For months, work­ers have been de­mand­ing a higher min­i­mum pay than what the gov­ern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina has pro­posed.

Gar­ment worker She­fali Be­gum said pro­test­ers want at least 16,000 taka, or about $191 (U.S.), per month.

“They give us noth­ing. Right now, our salaries are the same as for helpers hired to as­sist us,” Be­gum said.

Hasina’s rul­ing Awami League-led coali­tion swept a gen­eral elec­tion on Dec. 28 amid op­po­si­tion com­plaints of voter in­tim­i­da­tion and vote rig­ging.

de­feats in as many days — sym­bolic set­backs that sug­gest a power shift from the ex­ec­u­tive to the leg­is­la­ture.

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