Rod Rosenstein to Step Down – No Indication on Whether he was Forced to Resign or Not
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has announced that he will be stepping down from his position shortly. Rosenstein, who has been a punching bag for President Trump, mainly because of his job of overseeing the Mueller Probe, says that he will leave the post once Trump’s new nominee for Attorney General, William Barr, has been confirmed.
While a timetable for his departure is not set in stone, Barr could be confirmed as soon as the beginning of February.
Rosenstein, who no longer oversees the Mueller probe, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced into resigning, has played a key role in the probe since he appointed Robert Mueller to lead the investigation in the middle of May, 2017.
Rosenstein has not indicated that he is being pushed out, but after being on the receiving end of numerous attacks by the President, which included a Twitter post of an image depicting him behind bars, it’s not difficult to assume such. With that said, Rosenstein reportedly only planned to serve approximately two years, so it is entirely possible that this decision was his and his alone.
Sources have told ABC News that Rosenstein wants to ensure a smooth transition to his successor and that he would accommodate the needs of Barr, should he be confirmed.