In charge after Rosenstein’s impending exit, Cruz-supported fmr. Scalia clerk who will oversee Mueller

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Molly Prince, DCNF

In the wake of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s impending exit from the Department of Justice, the man set to replace him was notably recommended as a candidate for the Supreme Court by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in June.

Cruz, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, suggested to President Donald Trump that Solicitor General Noel Francisco be added to the president’s list of potential Supreme Court justices.

“U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco — he just argued and won the travel ban case in front of the Supreme Court — would make a phenomenal justice,” Cruz said on “Fox and Friends.”

“All three [recommendations] — Mike Lee, Noel Francisco, Jim Ho — would make extraordinary justices,” Cruz added.

Francisco, a former law clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, would take on oversight of the special counsel’s investigation following Rosenstein’s resignation.

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