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Rod Rosenstein to step down once attorney general is confirmed

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
Leonard Rios | 10 January, 2019, 10:40

He also wanted to help ensure Barr, if confirmed by the Senate, had a smooth transition, ABC said, citing sources.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold confirmation hearings on January 15 and 16 for Barr, who has come under fire from Democrats for his criticism of the special counsel's Russian Federation probe.

Barr is known for his expansive view of executive power and had previously sent an "unsolicited memo" to Rod Rosenstein criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

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

Rosenstein has stayed on under Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, whose controversial appointment sparked numerous legal challenges and raised questions about what role he would play regarding the investigation.

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.

"I know the deputy attorney general has always planned to roughly stay around two years".

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(Washington Examiner) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to step down from his role in the Justice Department in the coming weeks.

His former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, also pleaded guilty to a range of crime, including paying a pair of women alleging affairs with the President to keep quiet while Trump was running for office. "Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter)". Rosenstein insisted he was making a joke.

Trump has frequently railed against the deputy attorney general on Twitter, with the president recently retweeting an image depicting Rosenstein and others behind bars.

Barr's nomination is likely to meet heavy scrutiny regarding the ongoing investigation, particularly from Democrats, following reports he had written a memo in June questioning the probe.

"Barr must commit to supporting special counsel Mueller's investigation and allowing him to follow the facts", said Sen.

Rosenstein considered resigning in September after reports surfaced he discussed wearing a "wire" to secretly record conversations with Trump in the Oval Office previous year and discussed the possibility of Cabinet officials invoking the 25 Amendment to remove the president. He added that Barr would be an "excellent attorney general when he is confirmed".

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