Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will leave the Department of Justice by the middle of March, according to a new report.
Rosenstein's name has been back in the news in recent days as former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has talked publicly about Rosenstein allegedly discussing how Trump could be removed from office under the 25th Amendment if they could prove that he was unfit for office.
Reports emerged last month that Mr Rosenstein planned to quit once incoming Attorney General William Barr took over. He is expected to tap Jeffrey Rosen, who now serves as the deputy transportation secretary, as his deputy at the Justice Department.
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McCabe also said Rosenstein brought up the idea of wearing a wire to record Trump.
Barr's swearing in to that post last week, Rosenstein has set a more precise timeline for departure - though the official stressed his plan could shift if needed to ensure a smooth transition.
Last month, it was reported that Rosenstein would leave the DOJ at the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, which is looking at whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to win the 2016 election.
An official announcement of who has been selected to replace Rosenstein could come as early as this week.
The interview sparked an angry reaction from Trump, who said on Twitter it appeared Rosenstein and McCabe were "planning a very illegal act".
The Justice official said Rosenstein's departure was not related to renewed allegations that he considered wearing a wire in meetings with Trump and using the 25th amendment of the U.S. Constitution to remove the president from office. He was sacked for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged.
Barr now has oversight of the investigation.
Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller special counsel on May 17, 2017, around a week after Comey's firing.
"It's becoming pretty clear that the president is basing his choices for leadership at the Justice Department on candidates' criticism of the Mueller investigation", Sen.