Rod Rosenstein confirmed to be deputy attorney general

Kristi Paul
April 27, 2017

NY [U.S.], April 26 (ANI): After a 94-6 Senate vote, Rod Rosenstein was confirmed to be the next deputy attorney general.

Rosenstein's nomination was approved Tuesday by the Senate in 94-6 vote.

Rosenstein's confirmation was never truly in doubt - although his confirmation was still contentious, as he refused to commit to appointing a special counsel to oversee investigations of alleged election meddling by Russian Federation. The moment Rosenstein is sworn in, that probe falls to him.

During the Clinton administration, Rosenstein served as counsel to Deputy Attorney General Philip B. Heymann (1993 - 1994) and special assistant to Criminal Division Assistant Attorney General Jo Ann Harris (1994 - 1995). "As far as I'm concerned, every investigation conducted by the Department of Justice is an independent investigation".

Rosenstein will pick up oversight of the Russian Federation probe from Dana Boente, a USA prosecutor in Virginia who has been filling in as acting deputy attorney general.

Rosenstein said he would handle the case "the way I would handle any investigation" and appealed to legislators' patriotism. Rosenstein will now decide whether to appoint an independent prosecutor in that matter.

Rosenstein, 52, will serve essentially as the chief operating officer of the Department of Justice, reporting only to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and managing most of the department's day-to-day affairs.

He'll also help hire dozens of USA attorneys after President Trump asked for their resignation in March. He had worked since 2005 as the US attorney in Maryland, where he earned a reputation as an independent and even-keeled prosecutor. FBI Director James Comey told a congressional committee in March that the investigation includes "the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts". Hundreds of political appointments in the Trump administration remain unfilled.

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