Rosenstein expected to leave Justice Dept.
Departure will create uncertainty about the oversight of Mueller’s Russia probe
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.
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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.