Senate confirms Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general

  • Senate confirms Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general

Senate confirms Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general

The Senate voted 94-6 to confirm Rosenstein.

President George W. Bush appointed Rosenstein, a 27-year veteran of the Justice Department, as USA attorney.

In the past, many Democrats have praised Rosenstein, including Sen.

To view the full article, register now. Before becoming USA attorney for Maryland in 2005, his positions included counsel to the deputy attorney general and assistant US attorney. Sessions made the decision after revelations that he met twice past year with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, but did not mention the contacts at his confirmation hearing.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday that Rosenstein assured him he would hand the investigation over to special counsel "if one is required".

The investigation, though, continued to dog Rosenstein's path to the upper ranks of the Justice Department.

During his confirmation hearing in a Senate Judiciary Committee last month, Rosenstein sidestepped questions on whether he too should recuse himself from the Russian Federation probes and instead appoint a special prosecutor.

Rosentstein still has not said wether he would bring in special counsel.

"Mr. Rosenstein has claimed he needs to be in office to familiarize himself with the facts of an investigation [but] the relevant facts are all a matter now of public record", said Blumenthal, a former US attorney.

"I'm simply not in a position to answer that", he said.

He will be second in command behind Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

He'll also help hire dozens of USA attorneys after President Trump asked for their resignation in March.

Some Republicans are countering that the investigators should focus instead on whether former President Barack Obama's administration improperly "unmasked" and leaked information about people close to Trump that was obtained in legal foreign surveillance.