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

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinSupreme Court to hear dispute over Democrats' access to Mueller materials Republicans release newly declassified intelligence document on FBI source Steele GOP's Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst 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 TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address 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 ComeyBolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed The Seila Law case: Liberty and political firing A new age of lies? MORE appointed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 SessionsSupreme Court blocks order that relaxed voting restrictions in Alabama Justice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: report Tuberville campaign bus catches fire in Alabama MORE

The president on Monday blasted Rosenstein and former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeShowtime miniseries to feature Jeff Daniels as Comey, Brendan Gleeson as Trump Lisa Page joins MSNBC as legal analyst McCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe 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.