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Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Leaving Justice Dept When Barr is Confirmed

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will leave the Justice Department if the President’s nominee for attorney general, William Barr, is confirmed, according to CNN.

Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel in 2017 and has has been overseeing the Mueller investigation into coordination between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russians who wanted to influence the election. He took over oversight after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

Rosenstein has been a frequent recipient of public criticism from the President, who refers to the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt.” In November, the President went as far as retweeting a picture of Rosenstein in jail posted by a fan account.

Although acting attorney general Matt Whitaker has taken on oversight of the Mueller investigation, Rosenstein’s office has still been handling the day-to-day management.

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