WASHINGTON, Feb 19 - President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as the next deputy us attorney general, the White House said on Tuesday night, the latest shuffle in the Justice Department at a time when it faces close scrutiny over its Russian Federation investigation.
The precise timing of the announcement is subject to change.
It was announced yesterday Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will leave his position at the Department of Justice in March.
The news of Rosenstein's expected departure date comes as the deputy attorney general is again facing allegations from former acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe that he talked about taking dramatic steps against Trump after the president fired James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director in May 2017.
"That's up to the new attorney general".
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment on the CNN report, as did a spokesman for Mr Mueller.
Speculation about the end of the probe has been running rampant in Washington. NBC News had previously said that the investigation was likely to wrap up in the middle of February.
Although the sources say the investigation is coming to a close, plans could still change. Four of Mueller's 17 prosecutors have ended their tenures with the office, with most returning to other roles in the Justice Department.
So far, 34 individuals and three companies have pleaded guilty, been indicted or otherwise swept up in the inquiry, including several former Trump advisers.
Attorney General William Barr welcomed the choice of Rosen, saying in a statement that he had 35 years of experience at the highest levels of government and in the private sector. While the amendment has been invoked six times since its ratification in 1967, the specific section of the amendment purportedly discussed by top DOJ officials - which involves the majority of all Cabinet officers and the vice president agreeing that the president is "unable" to perform his job - has never been invoked.
Special counsel regulations don't require this step, but during recent confirmation hearings Barr promised lawmakers full transparency.
In one court case, against Concord Management for its alleged support for the social media conspiracy prosecutors told a judge in January there's still a related "matter occurring before the grand jury".