Rosenstein: My time at DOJ is 'coming to an end'

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinDemocrats ask judge to force McGahn to comply with subpoena Democrats ask court to force DOJ's hand on Mueller grand jury materials Washington celebrates diplomacy — and baseball — at Meridian Ball MORE said Thursday that his time in law enforcement was "coming to an end."

"My time as a law enforcement official is coming to an end, a lot later than I expected," the No. 2 official at the Department of Justice (DOJ) said during a lecture at the University of Pennsylvania. "People joke about the revolving door between government and the private sector. The door never revolved for me. It was one way in, and one way out."

On Monday, multiple news outlets reported that Rosenstein is expected to leave DOJ in mid-March.

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE announced Tuesday that he would nominate Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein as the Justice Department's second in command. Bloomberg News reported the same day that new Attorney General William Barr chose Rosen as his deputy. 

Rosenstein, who after the firing of FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyDay one impeachment hearings draw 13.1M viewers, down 32 percent from Comey hearings There are poor ideas, bad ones and Facebook's Libra Trump has considered firing official who reported whistleblower complaint to Congress: report MORE appointed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, has often been at odds with Trump.

Rosenstein oversaw Mueller's probe following the recusal of former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWhat are Republicans going to do after Donald Trump leaves office? Sessions vows to 'work for' Trump endorsement Sanford: 'It carries real weight' to speak against Trump 'while in office' MORE

The president on Monday blasted Rosenstein and former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe curious timeline for taking down Trump Federal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report Brendan Gleeson lands Trump role in CBS miniseries based on Comey memoir MORE after McCabe told "60 Minutes" that Rosenstein once discussed using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump.

"He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught," Trump tweeted.

Rosenstein addressed his detractors in the speech on Thursday, which was first reported by Bloomberg

"I took more than my fair share of criticism. But I kept the faith, I followed the rules, and I left my office in good hands," he said.