Rod Rosenstein Officially Resigns From the Department of Justice

US Deputy AG Rosenstein resigns

As first reported by The New York Times past year, Rosenstein allegedly discussed wearing a "wire" to tape Trump and pursuing his removal from office in meetings and conversations with Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials.

His last day will be May 11, ending a tumultuous relationship with Trump and a tenure that involved some of the most consequential, even chaotic, moments of the president's administration.

In his resignation letter, Rosenstein praised the president for his policy goals and touted the Justice Department as a nonpartisan enforcer of the law.

The two men did not see eye to eye after Mr Rosenstein oversaw the appointment of Robert Mueller to handle the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Mr Rosenstein, who appointed Mr Mueller in 2017 following the recusal of attorney-general Jeff Sessions, had overseen his team's work for much of the last two years and has defended his investigation. Citing anonymous sources, the paper said Mr Rosenstein had suggested secretly recording the President in order to prove he was dysfunctional and had argued it was permitted in line with the 25th amendment of the constitution.

Mr Trump has repeatedly called the investigation a "witch hunt". His successor, deputy transportation secretary Jeffrey Rosen, has already been nominated by Trump and is awaiting Senate confirmation.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein today submitted his resignation letter to the White House.

Rosenstein, a Republican, was often criticized by Trump and his allies for appointing Mueller.

But he goes on to quote former attorneys general about the importance of the law being non-partisan, and he writes himself, "the Department bears a special responsibility to avoid partisanship".

Rosenstein was expected to leave once the Mueller investigation came to its conclusion.

"Productivity rose, and crime fell", Rosenstein stated. Trump also attacked Rosenstein, accusing him on Twitter of engaging in a "very illegal act" with former acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe. Rosenstein is the person who appointed Mueller back in 2017. Rosenstein denied the reports, and was allowed to stay in office. "We ignore fleeting distractions and focus our attention on the things that matter, because a republic that endures is not governed by the news cycle", Rosenstein wrote.

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