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Rosenstein Ready to Leave Once Attorney General Confirmed, Source Says

AP source Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein expected to leave Department of Justice in weeks Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his position soon after William Barr is confirmed as attorney general. Evan Vucci
Patty Aguilar | 09 January, 2019, 18:45

According to ABC News, which cited multiple sources familiar with the deputy attorney general's plans, Rosenstein has already informed President Donald Trump and White House officials of his plan to leave the administration once William Barr, Trump's nominee for attorney general, takes office.

While a timetable for his departure is not set in stone, Barr could be confirmed as soon as the beginning of February.

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein has no concrete plans to depart and will stay on to help with the transition, said the person who asked not to be named.

Rosenstein, who oversaw the Russian Federation probe because of the recusal of Jeff Sessions, has had several close calls during his tenure, which began on April 25, 2017 after his Senate confirmation.

In May 2017, shortly after the president dumped Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey, Rosenstein appointed Mueller to take over the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties between Russians and Trump associates.

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If confirmed, Barr would be in charge of Mueller, unless he too recused himself. Rosenstein is a key figure in the investigation into possible collusion and conspiracy between Russian Federation intelligence officials and the Trump campaign led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Speculation of Rosenstein's departure mounted after the firing of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in November.

"Certainly, I don't think there's any willingness by the president or the White House to push him out", Sanders told Fox News in an interview.

Rosenstein's job status has appeared tenuous at times, most notably in September, when he showed up at the White House expecting to be fired over news reports that he had discussed secretly recording the president.

At a news conference in December, Rosenstein said that Mueller's investigation would be "handled appropriately" no matter who is overseeing it. But Trump opted not to replace him.

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