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Rod Rosenstein To Step Down From His Post At DOJ: Report

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave the Department of Justice (DOJ) soon, several news outlets reported Wednesday.

According to CNN and ABC News, Rosenstein has told President Trump that he plans to resign following the confirmation of attorney general nominee William Barr.

Rosenstein’s departure would come after a rocky tenure as deputy attorney general.

Speculation swirled late last year that Trump would fire him after The New York Times reported that he discussed secretly taping the president and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Rosenstein also oversaw special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference in the 2016 election after Trump’s first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, recused himself from the probe.

Trump has often lashed out at the DOJ over the investigation, calling it a “witch hunt” and accusing the department and the FBI of bias against him.

Trump in November forced the resignation of Sessions and appointed acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who is now overseeing the Mueller probe despite past public criticism of the investigation.

If confirmed, Barr would take over for Whitaker in overseeing the investigation.

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