Jeffrey Rosen was nominated as the new deputy attorney general by President Trump, said the White House on Tuesday night.
Rosen who works in U.S. Transportation Department as deputy secretary is about to replace Rod Rosenstein who supervised Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his investigation.
Jeffrey A. Rosen is the 21st Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. In this role, he acts as the Department’s Chief Operating Officer and advises and assists the Secretary in leading the Department’s Operating Administrations and more than 50,000 employees.
William Barr confirmed to be new U.S. attorney general by the Senate, last week.
Barr refused to say whether he would reject himself from supervising Mueller in light of his past criticism of the inquiry.
According to people granted to discuss nomination, Rosen was chosen by Barr to be the new deputy attorney general.
Rosen worked at Transportation Department besides Office of Management & budget under Presidency of George W. Bush. In addition to a long career at law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Barr who led the Justice Department under Presidency of President George H.W. Bush was also a counsel at the firm.
“Rosen’s years of outstanding legal and management experience make him an excellent choice to succeed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has served the Department of Justice over many years with dedication and distinction”, according to Barr’s statement.
After Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from overseeing inquiry into Russian interference in elections held in 2016 besides FBI Director James Comey had been fired by President Trump, Mueller was appointed in May 2017 by Rosenstein. Mueller investigated if the president sought to obstruct justice or even anyone close to Trump conspired with Russians.
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Trump criticized Rosenstein and his supporters over the Mueller inquiry.
A South Carolina Republican, Senator Lindsey Graham said he could subpoena former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe & Rosenstein for a hearing in order to explore allegations whether Trump should be removed from office or not.