Noel Francisco throughout his affirmation listening to as solicitor common in Might 2017.
If Rod Rosenstein leaves the Division of Justice, it might spark instant questions concerning the long-term job safety of particular counsel Robert Mueller.
Noel Francisco, the solicitor common and longtime conservative lawyer, would take on oversight of Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling within the 2016 presidential election. He can be requested to log off on selections reminiscent of issuing subpoenas, the breadth of the investigation, or reviewing Mueller’s report and its submission to Congress.
As solicitor general, Francisco is the Justice Division’s high Supreme Court docket litigator, and has defended the Trump administration’s positions since his appointment final 12 months.
In a latest case, Francisco argued for presidential authority to take away administrative legislation judges, seen by some as a possible groundwork for granting presidential energy over the particular counsel.
Previous to changing into solicitor common, Francisco was a lawyer at Jones Day and was a colleague of White Home Counsel Don McGahn, who’s set to depart the White Home this fall.