Rosenstein, a frequent Trump target, will leave Justice Dept

Rosenstein, a frequent Trump target, will leave Justice Dept

Rosenstein, a frequent Trump target, will leave Justice Dept

ABC News, citing multiple sources familiar with Rosenstein's plans, reported that he meant to leave in the coming weeks as Barr transitioned into the job. Barr would most likely take over that role, since Rosenstein only assumed it after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

Rosenstein had been overseeing the day-to-day operations of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and contacts with the Trump campaign.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Rosenstein had always planned to stay around two years.

Top justice department official Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in 2016, is planning to quit, USA media reports.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has announced that he will be stepping down from his position shortly.

On Wednesday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Barr would permit Mueller to complete the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

William Barr, President's Donald Trump's nominee to be the permanent attorney general, is scheduled to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week for his confirmation hearings.

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Grassley told reporters on Wednesday morning that Barr's experience - he served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush - "ought to make his nomination very easy this time".

The White House cast Rosenstein's departure as his choice. "My guess is that he is making room for the new attorney general to build a team that he wants around him", Sanders said.

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.

Barr has told people close to him that he wanted his own No. 2.

Rosenstein also reportedly once discussed secretly monitoring the president without his knowledge, but a source familiar with the situation said that Rosenstein was being sarcastic when he made the purported remarks.

"I'm going to do a deep dive into the FISA issue, I think he'll be part of it", Graham said of Barr. Barr is expected to face questioning from Democrats about his views of the Mueller investigation at next week's hearing. The appointment followed the recusal of Sessions because of his work on the Trump campaign and Trump's firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

It is unclear how long after Barr's appointment Rosenstein is expected to remain within the DOJ.

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