Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein submitted his resignation letter to President Donald Trump on Monday, setting an end date of May 11 for his storied and at-times tumultuous stint as the number two official at the Department of Justice.
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“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,” Rosenstein wrote in his letter to Trump.
Attorney General William Barr lauded Rosenstein’s tenure in a statement Monday, noting his 30-year service in various levels of the justice system as “unparalleled.”
“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.
Rosenstein’s departure brings a long, unpredictable relationship between the one-time head of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and the president to an end.
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