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 RosensteinRosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts Journalist alleging Obama administration spied on her seeks to reopen case Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' 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 BarrBarr wrote 2018 memo contradicting Trump's claim that abuse of power is not impeachable Brent Budowsky: McConnell, Roberts and Trump on trial End impeachment's government shutdown 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 SessionsTrump-aligned group launches ad campaign hitting Doug Jones on impeachment ICE subpoenas Denver law enforcement: report Bottom Line 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 MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay 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 FeinsteinRoberts under pressure from both sides in witness fight Senate opens Trump impeachment trial Democrats ask if US citizens were detained at border checkpoints due to Iranian national origin 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.”