Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rosenstein expected to leave Department of Justice once new attorney general confirmed

Rosenstein expected to leave Department of Justice once new attorney general confirmed

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has overseen the Russian election meddling probe, is preparing to leave the U.S. Department of Justice in coming weeks as President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the department is set to take over, a department official said on Wednesday.

"I know the deputy attorney general has always planned to roughly stay around two years", Sanders told "Fox & Friends" co-hosts.

While Rosenstein was never criticized by Trump as heavily as Sessions was, Trump has cited how Rosenstein signed a FISA surveillance warrant for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Rosenstein, who was nominated to the post in February 2017 and had apparently thought of serving for about two years, and wants to ensure a smooth transition, several sources familiar with his plans told ABC News on Wednesday.

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If he is found to have breached the deal, he would lose any sentencing credits for acceptance of responsibility, prosecutors said. The defense lawyers say Mueller's team has indicated they will not pursue additional charges against Manafort.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who Trump named in November, now has ultimate authority over Mueller and the investigation. Also, Rosenstein told senators during his 2017 confirmation hearing that he would not remain in his post if he believed that he was being pressured to influence any investigations.

Rosenstein took charge of overseeing Mueller's Russian Federation probe after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation. "My guess is that he is making room for the new attorney general to build a team that he wants around him".

The transition to Barr would come with critical steps in the Mueller investigation expected to unfold in the weeks and months ahead, when the special counsel's office is expected to report its findings to the Justice Department.

Sanders said there's no willingness by the White House to force out Rosenstein, who she said has "a great deal of respect" for Barr, adding that they have a "great relationship".

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