Trump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE on Tuesday announced his intention to nominate Jeffrey Rosen, currently serving as deputy Transportation secretary, to be the No. 2 official at the Justice Department.

If confirmed, Rosen would replace current Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts Journalist alleging Obama administration spied on her seeks to reopen case Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' MORE, who plans to leave the Justice Department next month. Rosenstein oversees the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference.

Bloomberg News reported Tuesday that Attorney General William Barr, who was confirmed last week, chose Rosen as his deputy.

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Barr and Rosen were both formerly partners at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis.

Rosenstein has long been expected to depart from his position at the Department of Justice, as he and Trump have had a tense relationship.

Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Trump has long railed against the probe, often calling it a “witch hunt.”

On Monday, Trump attacked Rosenstein on Twitter after former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe accuses Trump officials of withholding evidence in lawsuit over firing McCabe: Being accused of treason by Trump 'quite honestly terrifying' Horowitz report is damning for the FBI and unsettling for the rest of us MORE said Sunday on “60 Minutes” that Rosenstein once discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Trump said on Twitter that Rosenstein and McCabe “look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught.” Trump also noted that Rosenstein was originally hired by former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsICE subpoenas Denver law enforcement: report Bottom Line DOJ inquiry tied to Clinton, touted by Trump winds down with no tangible results: report MORE, who drew the ire of Trump for recusing himself from the Russia probe.

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"Wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. He was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged," Trump tweeted. "He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught."

Barr in a statement praised Rosen, calling him a “distinguished lawyer who has served at the highest levels of government and the private sector.”

“His 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,” Barr added.

Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoMitch McConnell may win the impeachment and lose the Senate Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Facebook deepfake ban falls short | House passes bills to win 5G race | Feds sound alarm on cyberthreat from Iran | Ivanka Trump appearance at tech show sparks backlash Trump administration unveils latest guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers MORE also lauded Rosen in a statement, saying he has “played a critical role in helping me lead and manage” the Department of Transportation.