Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein expected to leave Justice Department in mid-March

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

CNN has reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to step down next month, citing an anonymous Justice Department official with knowledge of Rosenstein's thinking.

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe outed Rosenstein in his book and in interviews, saying that Rosenstein had fears about President Donald Trump and his links to Russian Federation.

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 previously told Fox News.

Fox reported that Barr has chosen Jeffrey Rosen, an academic who now serves as president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, to serve as his deputy AG.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

Rosen, confirmed for his current role by the Senate in May 2017, works under Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in overseeing the daily operations of the department.

Last month, it was reported that Rosenstein would leave the DOJ at the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, which is looking at whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to win the 2016 election.

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The New York Times reported in December that Barr wrote a 19-page memo criticizing the opinion that Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey amounted to obstruction of justice. He was sacked for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged.

CNN's Justice Department source said that the news of Rosenstein's impending departure has nothing to do with McCabe's accusations.

Rosenstein plans to leave the Justice Department in mid-March, an official familiar with the matter said Monday night, and an announcement on his successor is expected imminently.

Barr now has oversight of the investigation.

Trump has frequently and publicly seethed about the Mueller probe, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department, which oversees them both.

Mueller's investigation, which the president has repeatedly called a "witch hunt", has so far netted 34 individuals and three companies who have pleaded guilty, been indicted or been otherwise swept up in the inquiry.

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