Rosenstein is no longer overseeing the Mueller investigation, but this still bothers me.
Courtesy of CNN:
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is planning to leave the Justice Department shortly after William Barr, the President’s nominee for attorney general, is confirmed, according to a source familiar with his thinking.
The source said Rosenstein is not being forced out, and he has conveyed his thinking to the White House.
The deputy attorney general has been managing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and has signaled to other officials that he would leave when he was satisfied that Mueller’s investigation was either complete or close enough to completion that it was protected.
When exactly Rosenstein leaves could shift depending on the timing of Barr’s confirmation and the naming of a new deputy attorney general. An official briefed on the discussions said Rosenstein wants to ensure a smooth transition, which includes the Mueller investigation.
To be honest, considering the political climate, if Rod Rosenstein is planning to stay until there is a new Attorney General confirmed, he could be there for some time.
I think we all owe Rosenstein our undying gratitude for sticking with that job for as long as he did and protecting the Mueller investigation.
And we can only hope that we are now close enough to its conclusion that his resignation will not affect it moving forward.