It looks like William Barr’s confirmation to the Senate will also signify the resignation of acting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Multiple sources first informed ABC News of Rosenstein’s plan to exit, which has now been additionally confirmed by CNN and CBS.
To his credit, Rosenstein has lasted longer than anyone had anticipated he would. Rosenstein had incited the president’s ire when he appointed Robert Mueller to oversee the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. It was thought that he would resign following the departure of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Yet Rosenstein persisted, only to again wind up on the wrong side of the president when the New York Times reported that he had infered Trump be secretly recorded. Rosenstein denied those claims and they would later be labeled as “sarcastic.”
However the damage was done and Trump would later tweet an image of many of his political opponents behind bars, Rosenstein included among them.
So all in all perhaps it’s for the best that Rosenstein has chosen to exit after setting up the Attonrey General position for Barr, rather than unceremoniously get the boot from a rightfully angered president.