Rod Rosenstein Reportedly Leaving Justice Department After AG Confirmation Hearings

Rod Rosenstein Reportedly Leaving Justice Department After AG Confirmation Hearings

Rosenstein's departure has always been the subject of speculation.

Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, plans to leave the Justice Department shortly after a new attorney general is sworn into office, according to sources.

Senate hearings for Mr Barr's confirmation are scheduled to begin on 15 January.

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

Also on Rosenstein hasn't been fired - yet.

In June 2017, Barr sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein arguing that a potential obstruction of justice inquiry into the president is "fatally misconceived".

Sources told ABC that Rosenstein had wanted to remain with the DOJ until Barr's Senate confirmation to ensure a smooth transition within the department.

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Barr would take over control of the investigation, assuming the same final say over major investigative steps that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has had since former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was ousted in November.

Barr told the SC senator that he would follow Department of Justice (DOJ) procedure while "erring on the side of transparency" about sharing Mueller's final report with Congress and the public.

The revelation, which was also confirmed by CNN, comes after weeks of speculation over whether the deputy attorney general would resign from his role within the Justice Department after the termination of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Despite the rumors, Rosenstein held onto his job.

The South Carolina senator also asked Barr if he believes Mueller has pursued a "witch hunt" against President Donald Trump.

Rosenstein plans to leave at some point after that, though no date has been set and there is no formal plan for the departure, according to the person, who was not authorized to discuss internal conversations publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity. "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 Mueller investigation into alleged Russian interference in the November 2016 election has been going on for nearly two years.

Mr Rosenstein has spent his career at the Department of Justice, and most recently served for 12 years as the US Attorney General for the state of Maryland before beginning his current role in April 2017.

If confirmed, Barr would be in charge of Mueller, unless he too recused himself. 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. "He has no reason for Mr. Mueller to stop doing his job and is committed to letting Mr. Mueller finish his work", Graham said.

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