It’s just been announced that Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave the DOJ once Trump’s new AG pick has been confirmed:
FOX NEWS ALERT: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to leave DOJ once new AG is confirmed pic.twitter.com/urJcte5fz6— America's Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) January 9, 2019
Breaking News: Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who was overseeing the Russia inquiry, is expected to leave after a new attorney general is confirmed. https://t.co/DWV8sFKZ2h— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 9, 2019
Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who had been overseeing the Russia investigation, is expected to leave the Justice Department after President Trump’s choice to run the department is confirmed, according to two administration officials.
Mr. Rosenstein has been a central figure in the Russia investigation into election interference in 2016 — both by appointing a special counsel to take over the inquiry and for becoming a target of the president’s rage. He had always considered the deputy attorney general job as a two-year stint, one administration official said.
Mr. Trump has nominated William P. Barr to be attorney general, after he fired his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions. Mr. Sessions recused himself from overseeing the Russia investigation in 2017, which is when Mr. Rosenstein stepped into that oversight role. His oversight lasted until the appointment of the interim attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, in November. Confirmation hearings for Mr. Barr are scheduled to begin on Jan. 15.
So you know what that means, right? Democrats will fight like hell to keep the new AG from being confirmed. Because to them Rosenstein is protecting Mueller…
But assuming they can’t prevent Barr from being confirmed, then it likely also means is that Mueller’s probe is coming to an end soon.
And I’m sure that’s something Trump is very much looking forward to happening.