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Trump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president 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 RosensteinDemocrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies Protect the police or the First Amendment? Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 McCabeThe FBI should turn off the FARA faucet John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe 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 SessionsTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says DOJ to probe Trump-era subpoenas of lawmaker records Democrats demand Barr, Sessions testify on Apple data subpoenas 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 ChaoThe FCC's decision to reallocate the safety band spectrum will impede efforts to save lives Top Democrat: FCC actions are a 'potential setback' to autonomous vehicles The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause MORE also lauded Rosen in a statement, saying he has “played a critical role in helping me lead and manage” the Department of Transportation.