Rod Rosenstein expected to leave DOJ, reports say

Rod Rosenstein, United States Deputy Attorney General, Photo Date: 7/13/2018 / Photo: PBS / (MGN)

(Gray News) - Rod Rosenstein is expected to depart the Justice Department once a new attorney general is sworn in, media reports say.

Rosenstein has communicated this to President Donald Trump and the White House that he plans depart the administration after William Barr, Trump’s nominee for attorney general, is confirmed by the Senate.

The media reports quoted a source familiar with Rosenstein’s thinking.

Rosenstein is second in command at the Justice Department, and had been the top official for the Russia investigation from its outset until the departure of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

He appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel last year after Sessions recused himself from the probe.