WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as his new deputy attorney general as soon as this week, according to people familiar with the matter.
Rosen, now deputy secretary of the U.S. Transportation Department, would replace Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Last week, the Senate confirmed William Barr as the new U.S. attorney general. At his confirmation hearing, Barr declined to say whether he would recuse himself from overseeing Mueller in light of his past criticism of a facet of the inquiry.
It was Barr who chose Rosen to be the new deputy attorney general, according to the people, who were granted anonymity to discuss the nomination process.
Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May 2017 after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from overseeing the inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Under Rosenstein, Mueller investigated whether anyone close to Trump conspired with Russians and whether the president sought to obstruct justice.
Rosenstein has come under criticism from Trump and his supporters over the Mueller inquiry. On Monday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said he could subpoena Rosenstein and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for a hearing to explore allegations they discussed whether Trump should be removed from office.
McCabe said in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” broadcast on Sunday that Rosenstein discussed with him in 2017 whether there were enough members of Trump’s Cabinet who would support removing the president for being unfit under the Constitution’s 25th Amendment. Rosenstein has denied that.
Rosen, a Harvard Law School graduate, worked at the Transportation Department and the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush. He also had a long career at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Barr, who also led the Justice Department under President George H.W. Bush, was of counsel at the firm.
Source: Mercury news
Trump poised to name Jeffrey Rosen as deputy attorney general