Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general

Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general
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Jeffrey Rosen was officially sworn in as deputy attorney general Wednesday, replacing Rod RosensteinRod Rosenstein10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Why the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing MORE as the Justice Departments second-highest official.

Rosen, a former deputy secretary of Transportation who also worked in the Justice Department during the George W. Bush administration and practiced law in the private sector, was nominated in March and confirmed by the Senate last week in a 52-45 vote.

The swearing in will put Rosen at the center of an ongoing feud between the Justice Department and House Democrats seeking documents and testimony from current and former administration officials as part of their sprawling oversight probes.

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“Jeffrey Rosen is a distinguished lawyer who has served at the highest levels of government and the private sector,” Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFeds charge five in international ID theft ring targeting military members, veterans The road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces Correctional officers subpoenaed in Epstein investigation: report MORE said in a press release. “His years of outstanding legal and management experience will make him an excellent Deputy Attorney General.”

Deputy attorney general has traditionally been a low-profile job. However, it was thrust into the spotlight after former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsA better way to run the Federal Bureau of Prisons Trump admin erases key environmental enforcement tool DOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda MORE recused himself from overseeing the Justice Department’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, leading Rosenstein to oversee special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE’s investigation and launching him into a contentious battle between the White House and House Democrats.

Rosen’s ascension to the Justice Department’s No. 2 slot comes as Democrats demand Mueller’s full unredacted report and underlying evidence from the Justice Department and call on the agency’s watchdog to open a litany of investigations into Barr

Senate Democrats raised concerns during his confirmation hearing about his experience before he was sworn into the tumultuous posting. 

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTrailer shows first look at Annette Bening as Dianne Feinstein Trump administration urges Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program The Hill's Morning Report - More talk on guns; many questions on Epstein's death MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she couldn't support Rosen because he would be “learning on the job” and has a “history of partisanship that risks undermining the independence that we have so badly needed.”

Rosen sought to allay such concerns about any partisan leanings, telling senators during his confirmation hearing that “if the appropriate answer is to say no to somebody, then I will say no.”