Trump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott 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 RosensteinSupreme Court to hear dispute over Democrats' access to Mueller materials Republicans release newly declassified intelligence document on FBI source Steele GOP's Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 McCabeShowtime miniseries to feature Jeff Daniels as Comey, Brendan Gleeson as Trump Lisa Page joins MSNBC as legal analyst McCabe, Rosenstein spar over 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 Sessions Senate outlook slides for GOP Supreme Court blocks order that relaxed voting restrictions in Alabama Justice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: 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 Chao40 Trump-connected lobbyists secured over B in coronavirus relief for clients: report Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane Sanders calls for social distancing, masks and disinfection on planes as flights operate at full capacity MORE also lauded Rosen in a statement, saying he has “played a critical role in helping me lead and manage” the Department of Transportation.