Rosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinDemocrats talk subpoena for Mueller Klobuchar: 'Don't think' there are reasons to investigate Mueller probe's origins Democrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook 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.

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Rosenstein had until recently been overseeing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerHouse progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna: 'I'm not there yet' on impeachment MORE’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election after then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHouse Democrats leave empty chair for McGahn at hearing MSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump Chris Wallace: AG Barr 'clearly is protecting' Trump 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 rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push 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 McCabeTrump accuses Hillary Clinton of 'destroying the lives' of his campaign staffers The Mueller report concludes it was not needed Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators 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.