Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general

Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general

Jeffrey Rosen was officially sworn in as deputy attorney general Wednesday, replacing Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week 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.


“Jeffrey Rosen is a distinguished lawyer who has served at the highest levels of government and the private sector,” Attorney General William BarrBill BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - US warns Kremlin, weighs more troops to Europe Jan. 6 committee chair says panel spoke to William Barr William Barr's memoir set for release in early March 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 SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold 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) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate 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 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 FeinsteinOvernight Energy & Environment — Starting from 'scratch' on climate, spending bill Senate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Eight senators ask Biden to reverse course on Trump-era solar tariffs 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.”