Senate-Deputy Attorney General

27 April, 2017, 05:51 | Author: Randy Kelley
  • Rod Rosenstein has been confirmed as the nation's new deputy attorney general. He will serve under Jeff Sessions

Rod Rosenstein has been confirmed as the nation's new deputy attorney general.

Rosenstein garnered 94 votes for his confirmation Tuesday, one of the most bipartisan votes for a Trump nominee. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation because he was part of the Trump campaign and transition teams.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who opposed Rosenstein's confirmation, said Tuesday he was unsatisfied with his answers on appointing an independent investigator to look into Russian Federation. Rosenstein will now decide whether to appoint an independent prosecutor in that matter.

Rosenstein said he would handle the case "the way I would handle any investigation" and appealed to legislators' patriotism. "From all I see and know about him, I believe Mr. Rosenstein will keep his promise for integrity and independence".

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

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Democrats, generally supportive of his.

Rosenstein served as Maryland's attorney general for almost 12 years.

The deputy attorney general is responsible for day-to-day operations and oversight of the Justice Department's law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In March, the administration dismissed 46 remaining Obama-appointed US attorneys.

Rosenstein, 52, was appointed to serve as USA attorney for Maryland in 2005 by then-President George W. Bush and was kept in the job by President Barack Obama. FBI Director James Comey told a congressional committee in March that the investigation includes "the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts".

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