Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sent the White House a statement in anticipation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s firing indicating that Matt Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff, would replace Rosenstein and that Solicitor General Noel Francisco would oversee special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, Axios.com reports. The statement says that DOJ leaders appreciate Rosenstein’s service “and sincerely wish him well.”
The Sessions statement says the attorney general is “confident that Noel Francisco will oversee the special counsel with a commitment to justice … As I have said before, the American people deserve an expeditious resolution of this investigation consistent with the rule of law.” Rosenstein offered his resignation to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Friday and reiterated his willingness to resign over the weekend. Rosenstein will meet with President Trump on Thursday, although his dismissal is not yet certain. Trump has long been fed up with Rosenstein, and sources close to the president have said the president wants to find a politically advantageous way to get rid of him.