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 Rosenstein10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Why the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing 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. 

Rosenstein has been a target of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE and his allies in recent months after former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeTrump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe Conservatives lash out at CNN for hiring Andrew McCabe The road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces MORE claimed he and Rosenstein discussed potentially removing Trump from office under the 25th Amendment. Rosenstein has denied McCabe's statements. 

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.