Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will be leaving the Department of Justice in just a few weeks, according to multiple reports.
“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 …” Newsweek reported.
Rosenstein is the one who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller, and according to The Associated Press, “remains his most visible Justice Department.”
There was speculation as to whether Rosenstein would leave the Justice Department after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resignation shortly after the midterm elections.
While Rosenstein’s departure is clear, it’s as yet unconfirmed what the exact date will be.
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Since the deputy will be waiting on Barr’s confirmation, some of the timing is dependent on how long the confirmation hearing lasts.
The hearing is expected to start on Jan 15, with a confirmation vote likely in mid-February, according to Newsweek.
“Barr, who served in the position in the early 1990s and is President Donald Trump’s pick to do the job again, has a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week and could be in place at the Justice Department as soon as February,” the AP reported.
If confirmed, Barr would likely take over the oversight of the Russia Investigation which he has previously criticized.
“In June, Barr sent an unsolicited memo to the Justice Department questioning Mueller’s decision to look into whether the president obstructed justice when he asked then–FBI Director Comey to stop a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn over his communications with Russian officials,” Newsweek reported.
“Barr asserted that the president had been acting within his executive branch of authority when he made the request and said Mueller ‘should not be permitted to demand that the president submit to interrogation about alleged obstruction.’”
Barr also called Mueller’s approach to the law “grossly irresponsible” with “potentially disastrous implications.”