WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Despite Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein seemed to have decided to stay on at the Department of Justice despite plans to leave his office this month.
- As confirmed by sources at the DOJ, Rosenstein is still the primary liaison between the department and Mueller’s office as the Special Counsel’s Russia probe is on its final stages.
- Rules governing the special counsel state that after the Attorney General is provided a copy of the final report from the Special Counsel, it is his responsibility to notify the public about the report according to applicable legal restrictions.
Despite Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s initial plans to step down by mid-March, an agreement was reached between him and Attorney General William Barr to stay on “a little while longer,” at the Justice Department, says a source familiar with their conversation.
There is much speculation that Rosenstein will still keep his post because aside from not having given his two-week notice yet, he remains at the DOJ as Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation starts its final stages.
While the recently confirmed Barr has overall control on the Russia probe, DOJ sources confirmed to Fox News that Rosenstein remains the primary liaison between department headquarters and the office of Special Counsel Mueller.
Once Mueller’s Russian meddling in the 2016 elections report is finalized, he will hand the results to Barr. However, it is unclear as to what happens next.
According to the regulation governing the special counsel, the rule states that once the Special Counsel’s work is completed, he or she provides a confidential report explaining the details of the prosecution or declination decisions determined by the Special Counsel, to the Attorney General.
As to how the attorney general notifies the public, the rule further states: “The Attorney General may determine that public release of these reports would be in the public interest, to the extent that release would comply with applicable legal restrictions.”
In recent months, Rosenstein has earned Trump’s ire following the descriptions of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe about the private discussions on secretly recording and possibly ousting the president that went on, days after FBI Director James Comey was fired.
While Trump accused them of plotting treason against him, Rosenstein denied planning on recording the president and pursuing the idea of invoking the 25th Amendment to overthrow Trump.
Source: Fox News