President Donald Trump is set to nominate Deputy Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general, the White House confirmed Tuesday.
It was recently reported that Rosenstein plans to leave the Justice Department next month and that Attorney General William Barr chose Rosen as his deputy.
Rosenstein and Trump have long been at odds as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Rosenstein appointed Mueller in 2016 and has since then overseen his probe, which President Trump often refers to as “a witch hunt.”
Following comments by former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe that Rosenstein offered to secretly record the President, Trump took to Twitter to attack the deputy AG, saying that the two men were most likely planning a very illegal act but got caught.
“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,” read the tweet, which was referring to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Meanwhile, Barr praised his former partner at the prestigious law firm Kirkland & Ellis as a “distinguished lawyer who has served at the highest levels of government and the private sector.”
“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,” Barr added.
His choice was applauded by the secretary of transportation as well, who said that Rosen played a key role in managing the department.