Rosenstein Will Leave DOJ In Mid-March, Successor Announcement Coming Soon

on December 20, 2018 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 20: U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (R) speaks as FBI Director Christopher Wray (L) listens during a news conference to announce a China-related national security law enforcemen... WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 20: U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (R) speaks as FBI Director Christopher Wray (L) listens during a news conference to announce a China-related national security law enforcement action December 20, 2018 at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. The Justice Department has filed charges against two Chinese national individuals, Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong who believed to be associated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security, with conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 19, 2019 7:51 a.m.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will make his expected departure from the Justice Department in mid-March, The Washington Post reported. 

An official familiar with the matter told the Post that an announcement on his successor would be made soon. While plans could change if necessary for transition reasons, Rosenstein has been expected to leave his post once the new attorney general, William Barr, takes over the department.

According to the Post and other reports in recent days, Barr is expected to tap Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein. Rosen is currently the deputy secretary of transportation. Rosenstein has been overseeing the Russia probe for most of its existence, ever since former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation.

Rosenstein has been in the news again in recent days as former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe makes the media rounds to promote his new book, confirming a New York Times report that Rosenstein suggested wearing a wire while communicating with President Trump.

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