Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Submits Resignation Letter

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Submits Resignation Letter
He oversaw special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is leaving the Justice Department.

On Monday, Rosenstein submitted his resignation letter to President Donald Trump. His resignation is effective May 11. The letter said, in part, "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve ... and for the goals you set in your inaugural address: patriotism, unity, safety, education and prosperity."

Rosenstein oversaw special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from overseeing it.

In a statement, current Attorney General William Barr thanked Rosenstein for his service and said "his devotion to the Department and its professionals is unparalleled."

The deputy AG is a Senate-confirmed position. President Trump has nominated Deputy Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein, and he's currently awaiting confirmation.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN