President Trump to Nominate Jeff Rosen As Deputy Attorney General
Rosen to replace outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein,
President Donald Trump is set to nominate Jeff Rosen to replace outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to an announcement from White House officials.
The announcement confirms previous reports and cementing the ouster of the embattled No. 2 at the Justice Department.
Rosen previously served as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Office of Management and Budget (2006 to 2009).
He also served as General Counsel at the Department of Transportation (2003 to 2006), according to his online biography, his online biography states.
Rosen, confirmed for his current role by the Senate in May 2017, works for Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao managing the daily operations of the department.
"Jeffrey Rosen is a distinguished lawyer who has served at the highest levels of government and the private sector," Attorney General William Barr said in a statement.
"As an attorney, he has more than 35 years’ experience litigating complex matters in state and federal courts across the country, including as a partner at Kirkland & Ellis. He supervised more than 400 attorneys while serving as General Counsel at the Department of Transportation and also served as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Management and Budget."
Barr continued: "He currently serves as Deputy Secretary of Transportation, where he leads 50,000 employees. 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.”
Rosenstein was nominated by Trump in 2017.
He allegedly made secret plans to remove President Trump by using the constitutional amendment and attempted to recruit Cabinet members.
Former FBI director Andrew McCabe claimed the deputy attorney general suggested using the Constitution's 25th Amendment to remove Trump.
According to Fox News: While the amendment has been invoked six times since its ratification in 1967, the particular section of the amendment purportedly discussed by Rosenstein -- which includes the majority of all Cabinet officers and the vice president agreeing that the president is "unable" to perform his job -- has never been invoked.
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. He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2019
McCabe specifically charged that he believed Rosenstein was "counting votes or possible votes" to invoke the amendment's procedures.
Congressional Republicans have long sought Rosenstein's departure.
A group of 11 House Republicans last July introduced five articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, accusing him of deliberately withholding documents and information from Congress, failure to comply with congressional subpoenas on the Russia probe and abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Fox News reported in January that Rosenstein was expected to step down in the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition for Barr, who was sworn in on Thursday.
Rosenstein long thought of his role as a two-year position and the two-year mark is coming soon, officials close to the departing attorney general previously told Fox News.
Speculation of Rosenstein’s departure arose after the firing of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in November.
Rosenstein has, until recently, overseen Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
He's often been a target of President Trump on Twitter as well.
Most recently, Trump blamed Rosenstein, along with McCabe, of pursuing an "illegal and treasonous" plot against him after McCabe described the private DOJ discussions about covertly recording and potentially ousting the president.
“He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught," the president tweeted early Monday.
Trump continued: "There is a lot of explaining to do to the millions of people who had just elected a president who they really like and who has done a great job for them with the Military, Vets, Economy and so much more. This was the illegal and treasonous ‘insurance policy’ in full action!”
The DOJ, in response, said Rosenstein "was not in a position to consider invoking the 25th Amendment" and denied the allegations.