Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rod Rosenstein as Acting Attorney General of the Department of Justice, says President Trump

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In this image provided by the Department of Transport, Assistant Secretary of Transportation Jeffrey Rosen is represented in his official portrait in Washington. President Trump has appointed Rosen as the next Deputy Attorney General.

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President Trump intends to appoint Jeffrey A. Rosen as Deputy Attorney General, the White House announced Tuesday. Rosen, who is currently Assistant Secretary of Transportation, will replace Rod Rosenstein, who is expected to leave his post in mid-March, CBS News reported on Tuesday.

Rosesntein was to leave after the confirmation of Attorney General William Barr and would remain for a few weeks after his confirmation by the Senate, to ensure a smooth transition, announced Paula Reid of CBS News. Rosenstein has always considered his position as a two-year post, Reid has already been told.

We do not know what Rosenstein's departure means for the special advocate's inquiry. He was responsible for overseeing the investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. It's Rosenstein who appointed Robert Mueller's special advocate. Once Matthew Whitaker was appointed acting Attorney General, he oversaw the special advocate's investigation. Barr, who has been confirmed Attorney General, should oversee the investigation.

Prior to joining the Transportation Department, Rosen was a senior partner with Kirkland & Ellis LLP, according to the White House.

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