White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump isn't trying to push out Rosenstein, adding that he is probably "making room" for Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr.
Officials told ABC and Fox that Rosenstein had planned to serve as deputy for two years - a milestone that was approaching.
She says he wants to help with the transition to a new attorney general.
Rosenstein was the person who oversaw the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller for more than a year.
Russian officials have said the allegations were invented to excuse the election loss of a presidential candidate, as well as deflect public attention from actual instances of election fraud and corruption. Barr could be installed at the Justice Department as early as February.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer painted a different picture in remarks on the Senate floor, citing a memo Barr wrote to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein a year ago.
Barr's nomination is likely to meet heavy scrutiny regarding the ongoing investigation, particularly from Democrats, following reports he had written a memo in June questioning the probe.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters that Barr talked to him about his relationship with Mueller, including the fact that their wives are in a Bible study group together and Mueller has attended two of Barr's daughters' weddings.
Barr told the SC senator that he would follow Department of Justice (DOJ) procedure while "erring on the side of transparency" about sharing Mueller's final report with Congress and the public.
If confirmed, Barr would replace appointed acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and would assume oversight of the Mueller investigation.
"I asked Mr. Barr directly do you think Bob, Mr. Mueller's on a witch hunt?" The Mueller investigation into alleged Russian interference in the November 2016 election has been going on for nearly two years.
After Trump fired then-FBI director James Comey in May 2017, legal experts suggested Mueller was pursuing an obstruction of justice case against the president.
Mr Rosenstein has overseen special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, a role which has repeatedly drawn the ire of Donald Trump, who has labelled the probe a "witch hunt".
"I'm going to do a deep dive into the FISA issue, I think he'll be part of it", Graham said of Barr. He said no. And do you see any reason for Mr. Mueller's investigation to be stopped.
At a news conference in December, Rosenstein said that Mueller's investigation would be "handled appropriately" no matter who is overseeing it.
With FSU struggling to find open looks, the Cavaliers ended the half on a 15-2 run and went into the break leading 42-23. Guy scored 18 of his points in the first half as the Cavaliers (13-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) took a 42-23 lead.
The tourists danced in front of their faithful fans at the SCG after winning the Test series against Australia 2-1. It is the first time India managed the feat since they began touring Australia in 1947-48.
In a night of upsets, Rami Malek won best drama actor for his role as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody ". Golden Globe viewers in the 18-49 year-old demographic coveted by advertisers rose 4 per cent, the data showed.
The bill fell three votes shy of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster, with just four Democrats joining the GOP. This is the United States where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality.
Floyd Mayweather beat Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN 14 on December 31st from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. While kicking was not permitted in the fight, McGregor wants to take Nasukawa on in a Mixed Martial Arts bout.
As a restricted free agent, the Warriors had the option of matching the Cavs' offer sheet for McCaw, but they chose not to. The Cavaliers signed McCaw to an two-year, non-guaranteed $6 million contract that the Warriors declined to match.
Some times he will be on the bench but I think I can start to consider him on the same level as Willian and Pedro". You know very well in this club there is a rule: The renewal of players over 30 is usually one year.
Emergency workers wearing chemical suits were seen entering some of the buildings. "All our staff are safe and accounted for". In Australia , suspicious packages have been delivered to several embassies and consulates in Canberra and Melbourne .
It will help Tesla to mitigate the effects of the ongoing US-China trade war by eliminating the impact of rising export costs. Tesla cut prices for its Model 3 last month, the third time in the last two months for the firm to adjust prices in China.
The producer said, "No final figure has yet been arrived at, but negotiations are likely to be opened in the very near future". NBC would probably shut down the entire United Kingdom if that's what it took to make the cameo happen.
With Clemson's win in this national title game, these two teams split the four meetings in the last four years of the Playoff. But Swinney is not buying the narrative that Alabama's dynasty is finished just yet.
Wiggins, Timberwolves give Saunders first victory
I hope nothing but the best for him. "It was just a really s--y play", Thunder center Steve Adams said, according to ESPN . I said: "I don't know what's wrong with him he was just getting... acting insane for no reason", he said on Twitter.
World Cup victor Pavard to join Bayern Munich from July 1
Wednesday's announcement means that, after completing the 2018-19 season with Stuttgart, Pavard will join Bayern in the summer. Bayern are in Doha at a winter training camp during a winter break and return to action on 18 January at Hoffenheim.
Kroos out for about 3 weeks because of muscle injury
Real Madrid's stumble against Real Sociedad saw them slump to fifth in the standings, 10 points behind leaders Barcelona . Down to 10, Madrid still pushed and had a more convincing penalty appeal when Vinicius tumbled over the arm of Rulli.
Salah wins African Footballer of the Year again
Unhappy with his two-goal return, Chelsea lent Salah to Italian outfits Fiorentina and Roma, then sold him to the latter club. It was a good day for Egyptian football all round, with Egypt being awarded the right to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Who Is the Fiji Water Girl?
The movie awards season hit top gear yesterday when the Golden Globes, the entree to the Oscars, were awarded in Beverly Hills. Kelleth Cuthbert is having a pretty good week. "I've been photobombing since I was a kid", she said with a laugh.