Rod Rosenstein to step down once attorney general is confirmed

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Rosenstein has told President Donald Trump that he will leave the Justice Department after the expected confirmation of William Barr as attorney general.

But Rosenstein's anticipated departure may come before the penultimate step in the Trump-Russia probe: the decision on whether to make that report public or turn it over to Congress.

Barr's Senate confirmation hearing is expected to begin on January 15, with a confirmation vote expected to follow in the weeks after, likely in mid-February.

Rosenstein became a frequent target of Trump's ire on Twitter - with the president recently re-posting an image of him and other officials behind bars.

"Mr. Rosenstein mentioned to him when they first met, I think, that two years would probably be enough" Graham said.

Also on rt.com Rosenstein hasn't been fired - yet.

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

He also wanted to help ensure Barr, if confirmed by the Senate, had a smooth transition, ABC said, citing sources. 11 House Republicans introduced articles of impeachment against Rosenstein last July based on this alleged misconduct, a move that ultimately went nowhere.

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The newspaper also reported that he suggested secretly recording Mr Trump to expose White House turmoil and dysfunction.

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. Despite the rumors, Rosenstein held onto his job.

"I know the deputy attorney general has always planned to roughly stay around two years".

There is no set timeline for Mr Rosenstein's departure, according to U.S. media.

"My guess is that he is making room for the new attorney general to build a team that he wants around him", she added.

Barr, Graham said, told him he didn't think Mueller was on a "witch hunt", as Trump has branded the Mueller probe. Russian Federation has also denied any interference in the election.

Barr has criticized the Mueller investigation in the past, including an unsolicited memo he sent the Justice Department previous year critiquing Mueller's investigation into whether the president had sought to obstruct justice by firing Comey. Barr's opinion of Mueller is "very high", Graham said. The appointment followed the recusal of Sessions because of his work on the Trump campaign and Trump's firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. Barr is expected to face questioning from Democrats about his views of the Mueller investigation at next week's hearing.

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