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Rod Rosenstein set to leave U.S. Justice Department


A person familiar with Rosenstein's thinking told HuffPost that there's now no concrete, specific plan in place for Rosenstein's resignation but said he's expecting to depart after Barr's confirmation. Rosenstein's departure has always been the subject of speculation.

The ongoing management of the special counsel's office, however, has remained with the man who commissioned it: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department has said.

William Barr, Trump's nominee, has a Senate confirmation hearing next week and could be in place at the Justice Department by February. Rosenstein, a former United States attorney in Maryland, will have served as deputy for roughly two years by the time he leaves.

Also on Rosenstein hasn't been fired - yet. Barr and Mueller worked together when Barr was Bush's attorney general between 1991 and 1993 and Mueller oversaw the department's criminal division. 11 House Republicans introduced articles of impeachment against Rosenstein last July based on this alleged misconduct, a move that ultimately went nowhere.

After the report broke, Trump promised to get rid of a "lingering stench" at the Justice Department, but weeks later stated that he had a "very good relationship" with Rosenstein, and had "no plans" to give the Deputy AG his marching orders. Matthew Whitaker now serves as the Acting Attorney General after Jeff Sessions left the post past year. Despite the rumors, Rosenstein held onto his job.

Barr wrote a memo in June critical of Mueller's potential investigation into obstruction of justice by Mr. Trump in firing former FBI Director James Comey.

Rosenstein reportedly planned to stay for two years anyway, and there is no indication that Trump is forcing him out of the administration, ABC reported.

Democrats in the House want to question him about how he's been dealing with the White House and Mueller's office. "My guess is that he is making room for the new attorney general to build a team that he wants around him". The Mueller investigation into alleged Russian interference in the November 2016 election has been going on for nearly two years. 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.

"I'm going to do a deep dive into the FISA issue, I think he'll be part of it", Graham said of Barr.

President Donald Trump pushed out Attorney General Jeff Sessions in November and made Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker the acting attorney general before nominating Barr in December.

However, Graham said after meeting with Barr Wednesday that he was not concerned that Barr would interfere with the Mueller investigation.

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