Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has handed in his resignation to President Donald Trump, according to the Washington Post.
The resignation letter says that he will leave the office effective May 11.
Rosenstein praised the president in his letter of resignation, first for his sense of humor, and second for the goals he set forth in his inaugural address.
“We enforce the law without fear or favor because credible evidence is not partisan, and truth is not determined by opinion polls,” said Rosenstein.
“We ignore fleeting distractions and focus our attention on the things that matter, because a republic that endures is not governed by the news cycle,” he continued.
Rosenstein became the focus of much ire after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation into Russian election interference and collusion with the Trump campaign. The oversight fell to Rosenstein, and many were angered that he did not dismiss the investigation.
Later a report said that he had offered to record the president surreptitiously in support of an effort to oust him from office, which he denied vehemently.
The accusation led the president to imply during a rally in September that he was going to fire Rosenstein and others in the Department of Justice.
“We keep the faith, we follow the rules, and we always put America first,” Rosenstein concluded in the resignation letter.
Here’s the latest in the Rosenstein resignation:
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein resigns