Rod Rosenstein expected to depart Justice Department soon

 Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein attends the Religious Liberty Summit at the Department of Justice, July 30, 2018, in Washington, DC.

(Win McNamee/Getty Images, FILE) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein attends the Religious Liberty Summit at the Department of Justice, July 30, 2018, in Washington, DC.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller and oversaw his Russia election-meddling investigation for more than a year, has told President Trump he’s stepping down in the coming weeks, according ABC News and other news organizations.

NBC reported that Rosenstein plans to step down after Mueller finishes his work, which legal sources expected to happen by late February. Rosenstein and Trump have had an at-times contentious relationship, and acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has taken oversight of the Mueller investigation despite publicly questioning it earlier.

Trump has nominated fellow Mueller skeptic William Barr as attorney general, and Rosenstein has reportedly told White House officials he is leaving after Barr is confirmed by the Senate and takes office.

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