President Trump says he intends to nominate Jeffrey Rosen, a longtime litigator and deputy transportation secretary, to replace Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general. In his current post, the 60-year-old Rosen serves as the Transportation Department's chief operating officer and is in charge of implementing the department's safety and technological priorities, the AP reports. He rejoined the department in 2017 after previously serving as general counsel from 2003 to 2006. From 2006 until 2009, Rosen was the general counsel and a senior policy adviser at the White House Office of Management and Budget. He also worked as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
Rosen held a variety of positions, including senior partner, during nearly 30 years at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the same law firm as the new attorney general, William Barr. "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 said in a statement. Rosenstein is expected to leave his post in mid-March. His departure had been expected since Barr was confirmed as attorney general last week. (Former acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe says Rosenstein once offered to wear a wire to record Trump.)