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Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein submits resignation letter

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Posted at 4:35 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 17:41:29-04

WASHINGTON, Tenn. (AP) — According to the Associated Press, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has sent a letter of resignation to President Donald Trump and says he will leave post May 11.

"We keep the faith, we follow the rules and we always put America first," Rosenstein writes in the letter to Pres. Trump.

His departure ends a nearly two-year run defined by his appointment of a special counsel to investigate connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The departure had been expected since the confirmation of William Barr as attorney general.

Rosenstein intended to leave in mid-March but stayed on a little longer for the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Mueller submitted his report to the Justice Department last month. Rosenstein and Barr concluded that Trump did not obstruct justice.

Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller in 2017 following the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, had overseen his team's work for much of the last two years and defended his investigation.