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Rosenstein Will Reportedly Step Down in Mid-March

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Published on February 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:15s

Rosenstein Will Reportedly Step Down in Mid-March

Multiple outlets report an official announcement on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's replacement could come as early as this week.

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Rosenstein Will Reportedly Step Down in Mid-March

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is reportedly getting ready to leave the Justice Department.

Multiple outlets report  he's expected to step down from his position by the middle of March.

The news of Rosenstein's departure isn't entirely unexpected.

As  Newsy previously reported , he was planning to depart after the Senate confirmed William Barr as the new attorney general.

That happened  last Thursday .

As the No.

2 official in the Justice Department, it was Rosenstein who tapped Robert Mueller in May 2017  to head the Russia investigation  after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

Rosenstein's overseen much of the probe, but Barr's now taking over that duty.  As of Tuesday morning, the Justice Department hasn't commented on the reports.

But unnamed department officials  told NBC News  that Rosenstein's upcoming departure has nothing to do with renewed allegations that he considered secretly recording President Trump and using the 25th Amendment to remove the commander-in-chief from office.

Multiple outlets report an official announcement on Rosenstein's replacement could come as early as this week.

The Senate will need to confirm whoever is selected.

Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .

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