Rosenstein, ABC News reports, "has communicated to President Donald Trump and White House officials his plan to depart the administration around the time William Barr, Trump's nominee for attorney general, would take office following a Senate confirmation". Additionally, this source provided a very specific timeframe of the "beginning of March" for when that will likely be.
But Graham said Barr's concerns as a private citizen about the possibility of such charges would not be cause for recusal from oversight of the Mueller probe. Though Rosenstein's office still managed the Mueller investigation, interim attorney general Matthew Whitaker, who was appointed after Sessions was removed, has been overseeing it, as well. Lindsey Graham of SC. This never happened, either, nor did Rosenstein's ouster once Sessions left the Justice Department in November, despite the president tweeting a meme showing several of his political opponents - and Rosenstein - in prison.
A source close to Rosenstein told NBC that the deputy attorney general's departure hinges specifically around the report Mueller will soon file on his sprawling investigation into Russia's interference in the election.
Republicans, of course, control the Senate with 53 votes, so ― barring some huge revelation ― Barr's confirmation doesn't appear to be in any real jeopardy.
Rosenstein's impending departure as the department's No 2 official may raise the stakes for Barr, who already has come under fire from Democrats for his criticism of Mueller's probe and whether a sitting president can be charged with obstruction of justice.
Graham said Barr told him about his longtime relationship with Mueller.
Graham made the comments after meeting on Capitol Hill with William Barr, the president's nominee for attorney general.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News on Wednesday that Rosenstein had always planned to stick around two years.
Graham listed a number of questions that he had put to Barr: 'I asked Mr. Barr directly, 'Do you think Mr. Mueller is on a witch hunt?' He said no.
However Mr Rosenstein was stripped of the role late a year ago when Mr Sessions was forced out by the president.
Rosenstein has been a familiar face to viewers as he has occasionally had press conferences to announce the latest developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.