Rosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWhy the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing Rosenstein: Trump should focus on preventing people from 'becoming violent white supremacists' MORE is reportedly set to exit the Justice Department sometime next month.

CNN, Fox News, Reuters and other news outlets all reported a time frame for Rosenstein's departure of mid-March, citing a Department of Justice official.

ADVERTISEMENT

Rosenstein had until recently been overseeing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election after then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Nadler subpoenas Lewandowski, former White House official for testimony MORE recused himself.

Attorney General William Barr, who was confirmed last week, is now in charge of the Mueller probe.

Rosenstein has been a favorite target of criticism from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE, who has frequently referred to Mueller’s probe as a "witch hunt" and a "hoax."

Reports of Rosenstein’s pending exit comes just days after former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe Hill's Morning Report — Will Congress do anything on gun control? McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing McCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump MORE, who was fired following an internal probe, said Rosenstein brought up the idea of wearing a wire around the president shortly after his inauguration.

In a lengthy interview with “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday, McCabe said Rosenstein had also discussed invoking the 25th Amendment in order to remove Trump from office.

Rosenstein has denied McCabe's version of events.

A Justice Department official reportedly says the timing of Rosenstein’s exit is unrelated to McCabe’s recent remarks.

Monday morning, Trump posted on Twitter saying McCabe and Rosenstein “look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught.”

Barr has reportedly selected Deputy Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Rosen to serve as his deputy attorney general to replace Rosenstein. Rosen reportedly could be announced in the new role next week.