Huffpost: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has been a target of criticism by President Donald Trump over his appointment of Robert Mueller to lead the investigation into Russian interference in the election, plans to leave his post in the coming weeks, according to reports.
Rosenstein, a career prosecutor, will leave the Department of Justice shortly after Trump’s pick for attorney general, William Barr, is confirmed by the Senate, ABC News first reported, citing “multiple sources familiar with his plans.” CNN and CBS News also reported Rosenstein’s planned departure.
Rosenstein will ensure a smooth transition to Barr, and there is no suggestion that he is being forced out by the president, ABC said.
Barr’s Senate confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin Jan. 15, which means a vote would be held mid-February at the earliest, CNN reported. Barr would then oversee the Mueller investigation.
Speculation arose in September that Rosenstein would be fired after The New York Times reported he had contemplated secretly recording Trump and invoking the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to remove him from office. Rosenstein denied these claims and a source told HuffPost the comments were sarcastic. Trump said he wasn’t going to fire him.