The highest ranking lawyer in the Justice Department and top aide to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Scott Schools, is stepping down from his position.
Scott Schools helps Rosenstein oversee the ever expanding Mueller witch hunt.
Scott Schools spent 27 years in the Department of Justice and will be replaced, on an acting basis, by Bradley Weinsheimer, who currently works in the national security unit, reports NPR.
Scott Schools, a top aide to the deputy attorney general, is planning to leave the Justice Department at the end of the week, according to two people familiar with his decision.
The job title for Schools — associate deputy attorney general — belied his importance as a strategic counselor and repository of institutional memory and ethics at the DOJ. Schools has played a critical, if behind-the-scenes, role in some of the most important and sensitive issues in the building.
This year, Schools recommended that then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe be fired for a “lack of candor” in an internal investigation.
Earlier, he advised former acting Attorney General Sally Yates about the boundaries of her congressional testimony in early 2016. And more recently, Schools has been photographed near the offices of Russia special counsel Robert Mueller, as one of a few top DOJ aides to get regular briefings on the status of that investigation.
“Scott has provided invaluable leadership and counsel in his years at the department, and his service is an example to all,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a written statement. “He will be greatly missed, and I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Schools is said to be leaving for a job in the private sector. One source who worked with Schools said there was no sign he was being pushed out. Another said Schools was not leaving because of a disagreement with DOJ leadership.
Although Schools insists he is leaving on his own volition to work in the private sector, it may be because Rosenstein is facing impeachment and contempt charges.
GOP lawmakers passed a resolution earlier this week giving DAG Rosenstein 7 days to turn over requested classified documents or face impeachment.
The Mueller witch hunt is also taking a beating in court from an unsuspecting source, one of the indicted Russian companies in the junk bot case.
Mueller and Rosenstein are on borrowed time and it appears Scott Schools knows this and exited stage left before he was forced out.