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

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinShowdown looms over Mueller report If Mueller's report lacks indictments, collusion is a delusion Conservatives wage assault on Mueller report 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 TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report 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 ComeyIf Mueller's report lacks indictments, collusion is a delusion Conservatives wage assault on Mueller report Hillicon Valley: Mueller delivers report, ending investigation | FEMA exposed info of 2.3M disaster survivors | Facebook asks judge to toss DC privacy lawsuit | Trump picks his first CTO | FCC settles lawsuit over net neutrality records MORE appointed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 SessionsMueller's investigation ends, but divisive political circus will continue Mueller delivers report to Justice, ending investigation Trump says 'people will not stand' for Mueller report MORE

The president on Monday blasted Rosenstein and former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe wisdom of Trump's lawyers, and the accountability that must follow Mueller's report Rosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Graham says he'll probe Rosenstein's 25th Amendment remarks 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.