And now the moment all swamp watchers have been waiting for. Word is wafting from the murky depths that the swamp guardian known to the world as the Department of Justice’s Deputy Director Rod Rosenstein is set to leave the agency just as soon as the new Attorney General is confirmed.
Rosenstein wants to ensure a smooth transition for incoming Attorney General nominee Bill Barr and plans to transition out of the job in the coming weeks, the sources said.
Rosenstein long thought of his role as a two-year position and the two-year mark is coming soon, officials close to the departing attorney general told Fox News.
Fox is picking up ABC News’s baton on this one, but it is interesting that the man in control of the Special Counsel Investigation being carried out by Bob Mueller in search of any crime, doesn’t really matter what, committed by the Trump campaign in 2016 is taking a powder just when we are all assured it is going to bear some sort of fruit.
Speculation of Rosenstein’s departure mounted after the firing of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in November. He has, until recently, overseen Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election and has been a target of Trump on Twitter.
While Rosenstein was never criticized by Trump as heavily as Sessions was, Trump has cited how Rosenstein signed a FISA surveillance warrant for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The president has repeatedly decried the DOJ and FBI’s efforts to obtain that surveillance warrant while blasting the Mueller probe Rosenstein previously oversaw as a “witch hunt.”
Meanwhile, Rosenstein has sparred with Republicans in Congress, especially former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif, over “slow walking” its response to document requests. The House Freedom Caucus last year drafted articles of impeachment for Rosenstein, describing that effort as a “last resort” if their demands for records were not fulfilled.
Whatever the case, the sideshow is over it seems.