Rosen, now deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, would succeed Rod Rosenstein, who appointed a special counsel to investigate possible ties between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's campaign.
A Justice Department official says Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his position in the middle of next month.
A graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, Rosen previously served as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Office of Management and Budget (2006 to 2009) and as General Counsel at the Department of Transportation (2003 to 2006), according to his online biography.
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The attorney general, William Barr, welcomed the choice of the new deputy, saying in a statement that Rosen had 35 years of experience at the highest levels of government and in the private sector. He oversaw the probe because former Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from Russia-related matters.
Barr was confirmed last Thursday in a 54-45 Senate vote, mostly along party lines. Andrew McCabe, the former acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, confirmed that claim last week and also said Justice Department officials had conversations about the possibility that Cabinet members could come together to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office.
Rosenstein has vaguely disputed McCabe's allegations. Barr told people close to him that he wanted his own No. 2 as part of taking the job. The Justice Department has said McCabe's characterization of his conversations with Rosenstein are inaccurate.
Rosen was previously a senior partner at Chicago-based law firm Kirkland & Ellis, where he worked for almost 30 years, according to the White House. Reuters notes that the DOJ's national security and law enforcement divisions report directly to the deputy attorney general's office.