Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein Expected to Resign

Trump appointee is planning to depart when William Barr is confirmed as new attorney general, according to reports

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to resign from his role as the second-in-command at the Department of Justice, according to reports on Wednesday.

Rosenstein is planning to depart when William Barr is confirmed as the new attorney general, CBS News first reported.

President Donald Trump appointed him to the role in which he’s served since April 2017.

He also oversees the special counsel probe against the president.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been leading the special counsel investigation, which is looking at whether the president or his associates colluded with Russian interests during the campaign.

Rosenstein appointed him to lead the probe after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from everything related to the allegations.

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Trump has repeatedly accused the special counsel team of being a biased witch hunt against him.

Congressional Republicans have also expressed concerns of bias while reviewing the special counsel probe as part of their own investigation. As a result, the president has expressed dissatisfaction over Rosenstein.

The special counsel team has taken down a handful of former associates of the president since launching its investigation in May 2017. But it has yet to connect the president himself to any collusion allegations — and much of the charges already issued are because of unrelated crime allegations.

Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn became an early target on of the special counsel team. He resigned a short time into his term when information surfaced that seemingly showed he lied about having held a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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Flynn has had his sentencing hearing delayed several times, most recently on December 18. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan suggested the delay based on charges that Flynn made false statements to the FBI when he was supposed to be cooperating in a separate case involving illegal lobbying for Turkey.

His lawyers have insisted he has held nothing back.

Flynn initially resisted cooperating but eventually he did after formalizing a deal with the special counsel to plead guilty in December 2017. The special counsel team eventually filed a memorandum recommending a lenient sentence because of his cooperation, with the possibility of no prison time, on December 4.

Michael Cohen, a former attorney for the president, admitted to lying to lawmakers in federal court about how much he discussed his proposed business project in Moscow with the president as part of his own plea deal.

Trump responded by calling him “weak,” adding that he was only after a lighter sentence for his own crimes.

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