Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has informed President Trump and White House officials that he will leave the Department of Justice in coming weeks, ABC News reported, citing multiple sources familiar with the plan.
Rosenstein plans to exit around the same time that William Barr, Trump’s nominee, would take over as attorney general, pending Senate confirmation.
The deputy attorney general — who has been overseeing the Russia probe since Jeff Sessions recused himself — reportedly always planned to only serve about two years in the administration and there’s “no indication that he was being forced out” by Trump, in ABC’s words.
According to CNN, Rosenstein has told other administration officials that he doesn’t want to duck out until he felt that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was either completed or close enough to completion that it could not be interfered with.
Read the full report here.