President Donald Trump is ready to pick Jeffrey A. Rosen as his next Deputy Attorney General.
The White House announced Tuesday that Rosen, who’s currently serving as the deputy transportation secretary, is Trump’s choice to replace Rod Rosenstein as the No. 2 official at the Department of Justice.
Rosenstein is planning to vacate his position next month. His exit has been anticipated for a while since reports surfaced earlier this year that he planned to leave the administration voluntarily after the arrival of new Attorney General Bill Barr, who was confirmed last week.
It is not clear whether Rosenstein will be able to keep his timeline or get fired earlier. Some wonder how the official who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to lead the Russia investigation has somehow managed to survive this long.
Rosen, if confirmed, will join the DOJ with a decades-long legal background. He had stints in both government and the private sector. Before joining the Department of Transportation two years ago, he was a senior partner at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Rosen worked as general counsel at the DOT and later as a general counsel and senior policy adviser in the Office of Management and Budget during the George W. Bush administration.
The Senate confirmed Rosen as deputy transportation secretary in May 2017, primarily along party lines (the vote was 56-42). It will likely be a similar vote this time around.
Speculation has been growing that Mueller may wrap up his investigation soon. The special counsel’s office is famously tight-lipped about the status of the inquiry, but depending on how the Russia investigation shakes out, how the DOJ can and should handle it will be something many senators will certainly want to know.
What do you think of this choice from President Trump? Do you think there will be an issue in the confirmation process?