Rosenstein expected to depart DOJ in coming weeks for vanguard news today , multiple sources familiar with his plans told ABC News.
Rosenstein has communicated to President Donald Trump and White House officials his plan to depart the
administration around the time William Barr, Trump’s nominee for attorney general, would take office following a
Senate confirmation.Rosenstein oversaw special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe for more than a year, after Sessions had recused from the matter over his role in Trump’s presidential campaign.
Like other senior leaders within the Justice Department, Rosenstein became a frequent target of Trump’s on Twitter,
with the president recently re-posting an image of Rosenstein and others behind bars.
In May 2017, shortly after Trump fired James Comey as FBI Director, Rosenstein made the call to appoint Mueller to take over the FBI probe of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election and any possible ties between Russian operatives and Trump associates.
Trump and his Republican allies have repeatedly blasted that decision. But tensions between Trump and Rosenstein came to a head in September, after reports surfaced saying that, during a meeting in the immediate aftermath of Comey’s firing, Rosenstein raised the possibility of secretly recording the president at the White House.
However, a source familiar with how Justice Department officials who attended that later meeting viewed what happened, said they believed Rosenstein was being “sarcastic” — noting that there was never any follow-up conversation from Rosenstein or anyone else about it.
Speaking later about the reports, Rosenstein never totally disputed making such a remark, but he insisted the reports were overblown and that he never took any action to secretly record Trump. A private conversation between Trump and Rosenstein weeks later seemed to cool tensions.