Rosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March

Rosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March
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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 will remain at the Justice Department longer than expected after initially planning to leave in mid-March, according to several media reports.

Rosenstein was widely expected to leave the department by the middle of this month after Attorney General William Barr's confirmation.


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Shortly thereafter, Rosenstein said his time at the Justice Department was “coming to an end” in a lecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

But Mueller's probe, which is widely expected to end soon, is continuing — and so is Rosenstein's time at the Justice Department. 

Rosenstein has not yet submitted his two weeks’ notice and has reached an arrangement with Barr to stay on longer, according to a report by Fox News. Justice Department sources told Fox News that Rosenstein remains the primary liaison between the department and the special counsel’s office. Hearings on a replacement for Rosenstein are scheduled for April.

CNN separately reported that Rosenstein is staying on at the Justice Department. 

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Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said last week that the committee will investigate the remarks and asked Barr for documents relating to the conversation.