Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday submitted his resignation to President Trump, effective May 11.
Attorney General William Barr in a statement said Rosenstein served the Justice Department “with dedication and distinction.”
“His devotion to the Department and its professionals is unparalleled,” the statement read. “Over the course of his distinguished government career, he has navigated many challenging situations with strength, grace, and good humor.”
Rosenstein previously served as deputy assistant attorney general and U.S. attorney.
In February, Fox News reported that Barr picked Jeffrey Rosen, who currently serves as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, to take over for Rosenstein.
A source told Fox News in March that Rosenstein had reached an agreement with Barr to stay at the DOJ “a little while longer” after it was reported he planned to leave by mid-March.