Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to resign from his post at the Justice Department, CBS News confirms.
Rosenstein is planning to stay on for a time after the new attorney general, William Barr, is expected to be confirmed.
CBS News correspondent Paula Reid was told Rosenstein always saw this as a two-year position and wants to ensure a smooth transition.
It's unclear what Rosenstein's departure means for the special counsel investigation, which he has overseen since he appointed Robert Mueller.
His previous criticism of the investigation is expected to be a central theme in his confirmation hearings next week.
This is the clearest evidence yet of contacts between his campaign and Russian businessman with ties to Russian intelligence during the campaign.
The president's legal team has signaled they may try to block portions that deal directly with the president. »