Rosenstein plans to leave Justice Dept. shortly after Barr confirmed

Rosenstein plans to leave Justice Dept. shortly after Barr confirmed

Rosenstein, ABC News reports, "has communicated to President Donald Trump and White House officials his plan to depart the administration around the time William Barr, Trump's nominee for attorney general, would take office following a Senate confirmation".

That's according to a person familiar with the plans who wasn't authorized to discuss them publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Rosenstein had always planned to stay around two years.

Barr was nominated in December to run the Justice Department after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the request of Trump, according to a letter delivered to the White House. He has, until recently, overseen Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election and has been a target of Trump on Twitter.

Speculation about his departure mounted after Sessions was sacked in November and Matt Whitaker began serving as acting attorney general.

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Rosenstein has been frequently criticized by Trump, who calls the Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt" and denies any collusion with Moscow.

"Certainly, I don't think there's any willingness by the president or the White House to push him out", Sanders told Fox News in an interview. Barr is expected to face questioning from Democrats about his views of the Mueller investigation at next week's hearing.

ABC News also reported that there is no indication that Trump is attempting to force out Rosenstein, despite their rocky past.

It is unclear how long after Barr's appointment Rosenstein is expected to remain within the DOJ.

When exactly Rosenstein leaves could shift depending on the timing of Barr's confirmation and the naming of a new deputy attorney general.

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