Deputy US AG, who oversaw Russia probe, to leave in March
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Deputy US AG, who oversaw Russia probe, to leave in March

Move comes after appointment last week of new AG, William Barr, who will determine how much public learns from Mueller probe’s conclusions

In this January 31, 2019, file photo, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, speaks before welcoming Vice President Mike Pence to speak to Drug Enforcement Administration employees at their headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
In this January 31, 2019, file photo, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, speaks before welcoming Vice President Mike Pence to speak to Drug Enforcement Administration employees at their headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department official says Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his position in the middle of next month.

The official was not authorized to discuss the move by name and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Monday night.

The White House is expected to name a replacement for Rosenstein this week.

Rosenstein’s departure had been expected with the confirmation of William Barr as attorney general last week.

William Barr, US President Donald Trump’s then-nominee for attorney general, testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hil in Washington, DC, on January 15, 2019. (Saul Loeb/AFP)

Rosenstein has been on the job for nearly two years.

He oversaw special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation after then-attorney general Jeff Sessions recused himself.

Barr now oversees the remaining work in Mueller’s investigation into potential coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign and will decide how much Congress and the public know about its conclusion.

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