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 RosensteinDemocrats ask judge to force McGahn to comply with subpoena Democrats ask court to force DOJ's hand on Mueller grand jury materials Washington celebrates diplomacy — and baseball — at Meridian Ball 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 BarrGiuliani considers launching impeachment podcast The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment drama will dominate this week Impeachment tests Barr-Trump relationship 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 SessionsFive things to watch at Supreme Court's DACA hearings Trump attends football game with Jeff Sessions' Alabama Senate race opponent Bradley Byrne Impeachment tests Barr-Trump relationship 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 MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' 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 FeinsteinHarris shares video addressing staffers the night Trump was elected: 'This is some s---' Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Senate talks on stalled Violence Against Women Act reauthorization unravel 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.”