The United States deputy attorney general has sent his resignation letter to President Donald Trump.
Rosenstein went to the White House Monday and personally delivered his resignation letter to the President, according to an administration official and a Justice Department official.
Back in February, a Justice Department official had said Rod Rosenstein, who appointed a special counsel to investigate possible ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign, was expected to step down by mid-March.
Rosenstein had been expected to depart shortly after new Attorney General William Barr assumed office. Barr, who was recently in the news over the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia and the alleged collision during the 2016 US elections, was then confirmed for the role.
Earlier this month Rosenstein defended his handling of the Russia investigation and recalled during his Senate confirmation hearing that he had promised to “do it right” and “take it to the appropriate conclusion.”
The DoJ official had 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 US Constitution to remove the president from office.
Rosenstein, the No. 2 official at the Justice Department, had named Mueller in May 2017 to investigate ties between Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign and Moscow.
Trump had been venting about Rosenstein and at times said he wanted Rosenstein removed, stating many times that he wanted to get Rosenstein fired.
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