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Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein officially resigns after Mueller report complete

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein looks on during a signing ceremony for S. 2553, Know the Lowest Price Act, and S. 2554, Patients Right to Know Drug Prices Act, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
April 29, 2019

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has officially resigned on Monday.

In his resignation letter addressed to President Trump obtained by ABC News, Rosenstein said he would remain in his post until May 11, and expressed his deep appreciation for his position.

“Our nation is safer, our elections are more secure, and our citizens are better informed about covert foreign influence efforts and schemes to commit fraud, steal intellectual property, and launch cyberattacks,” Rosenstein wrote in his letter to Trump.

“I am grateful to you for the opportunity to serve; for the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations; and for the goals you set in your inaugural address: patriotism, unity, safety, education, and prosperity,” he wrote later.

Rosenstein will be replaced by Jeffrey Rosen, the current Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation, who Attorney General William Barr selected in February.

Rosenstein reportedly made an agreement with Barr to remain at the Justice Department “a little while longer” after the rumored March resignation, Fox News reported.

Read his full resignation letter below:

Rosenstein Resignation Letter by on Scribd

“Over the course of his distinguished government career, he has navigated many challenging situations with strength, grace, and good humor. Rod has been an invaluable partner to me during my return to the Department, and I have relied heavily on his leadership and judgment over the past several months,” Barr said in a statement on Monday.

Rosenstein was expected to resign last month at the conclusion of Special Counsel Robert Muller’s two-year Trump-Russia probe.

In Sept. 2018, Rosenstein was also expected to resign amid rumors that he would be fired by President Trump. Axios even reported at the time that Rosenstein “verbally resigned to [then] Chief of Staff John Kelly in anticipation of being fired by President Trump, according to a source with direct knowledge.”

Rosenstein reportedly made remarks about Trump being unfit for the presidency and the possibility of using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump.