Report: Rosenstein Will Depart DoJ Next Month

Sources say Jeffrey Rosen will be new deputy AG
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 19, 2019 12:22 AM CST
Report: Deputy AG Will Depart in March
In this Jan. 31, 2019 photo, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks before welcoming Vice President Mike Pence to speak to Drug Enforcement Administration employees at their headquarters in Arlington, Va   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

A Justice Department official says Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his position in the middle of next month. The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday night. The White House is expected to name a replacement for Rosenstein this week. Rosenstein's departure had been expected with the confirmation of William Barr as attorney general last week. Rosenstein, who was nominated by President Trump in 2017, has been on the job for nearly two years. He oversaw special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself

Barr now oversees the remaining work in Mueller's investigation and will decide how much Congress and the public know about its conclusion. Sources tell the Washington Post that Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy secretary of transportation, as Rosenstein's successor. In interviews aired Sunday and Monday, former acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe claimed Rosenstein had discussed the possibility of removing Trump from office with the 25th Amendment and had offered to wear a wire to record the president. McCabe "and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught," Trump tweeted Monday. (More Rod Rosenstein stories.)

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