On Tuesday, President Trump announced the formal nomination of Jeffrey Rosen as Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s replacement.
Currently, Rosen serves as the Deputy Secretary of Transportation, having formerly worked under President George W. Bush, and will require confirmation by the Senate before assuming his position as acting Deputy AG.
Rosenstein, who is estimated to depart at the end of the month, found himself at the helm of the DOJ’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion, following the recusal of then-AG Jeff Sessions.
From The Hill:
Rosen currently serves as deputy secretary of Transportation, and will require Senate confirmation for his new role. He previously served in the George W. Bush administration and practiced law at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm.
Trump’s choice of Rosen was first reported last month, but the president officially sent the nomination to the Senate on Tuesday.
Rosenstein was previously expected to leave his role in mid-March, but a senior DOJ official told NBC News last week that he would remain on “a little longer.”
His exit could be imminent now that special counsel Robert Mueller has wrapped up his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Attorney General William Barr issued a four-page summary on Sunday of Mueller’s main findings, writing that the special counsel’s investigation did not find that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. On the matter of alleged obstruction of justice, Mueller said he had neither exonerated Trump nor concluded that he had committed a crime, according to Barr’s summary.
Rosenstein oversaw the special counsel’s investigation after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself, but turned over control of the probe to Barr upon his confirmation earlier this year.
Rosenstein came under scrutiny in recent months following a report that he’d been part of discussions about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.