Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plans to vacate his role at the Justice Department after President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William Barr, is confirmed by the Senate, according to The New York Times.
Rosenstein has been a frequent target of the president’s ire after appointing special counsel Robert Mueller to take over the FBI investigation into Russian election interference and ties to the Trump campaign.
An administration official told the Times that Rosenstein “had always considered the deputy attorney general job as a two-year stint.”
Mr. Trump nominated William P. Barr to be attorney general, after he fired his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions. Mr. Sessions recused himself from overseeing the Russia investigation in 2017, which is when Mr. Rosenstein stepped into that oversight role. His oversight lasted until the appointment of the interim attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, in November. Confirmation hearings for Mr. Barr are scheduled to begin on Jan. 15.
[I]n September, after The New York Times reported that Mr. Rosenstein had previously made remarks about Mr. Trump’s fitness to be president and had offered to secretly record conversations with him, Mr. Rosenstein’s employment at the Justice Department appeared to be in jeopardy. At one point, Mr. Rosenstein, who denied the report, told senior White House officials that he wished to resign.