Rod Rosenstein To Leave DOJ Once New Attorney General Confirmed


Rosenstein plans to leave Justice Dept. shortly after Barr confirmed

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein plans to step down once William Barr has been confirmed as head of the Department of Justice.

"I haven't spoken to the deputy attorney general myself, so I'll leave any announcements for him or the president to make when they want to do that, but certainly I don't think there's any willingness by the President or the White House to push him out", she noted.

Rosenstein has had oversight of the U.S. Special Counsel's probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible connections to Trump's campaign.

Rosenstein's plans were earlier reported by ABC News.

Rosenstein long thought of his role as a two-year position and the two-year mark is coming soon, officials close to the departing attorney general told Fox News.

Former attorney general Jeff Sessions was pushed out by Trump following the midterm election and replaced by acting attorney general Matt Whitaker.

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The U.S. leader later explained that he retweeted the image because he believed Rosenstein "belongs behind bars" over his decision to pick Mueller to take over the Russian Federation probe, which Trump has repeatedly blasted as a "witch hunt", in May 2017, shortly after the president fired former FBI Director James Comey.

If confirmed, Barr would be in charge of Mueller, unless he too recused himself.

Trump nominated former Attorney General William Barr, who served during the Bush administration, to oversee the Department of Justice as AG under Trump.

ABC News also reported that there is no indication that Trump is attempting to force out Rosenstein, despite their rocky past.

At a news conference in December, Rosenstein said that Mueller's investigation would be "handled appropriately" no matter who is overseeing it.

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