Rod Rosenstein

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Rod Rosenstein
Deputy Attorney General
From: Assumed office April 26, 2017
Predecessor Sally Yates
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
United States Attorney for the District of Maryland
From: July 12, 2005 – April 26, 2017
Predecessor Thomas M. DiBiagio
Successor Robert K. Hur
Party Republican

Rod Jay Rosenstein is the incumbent United States deputy attorney general. He previously served as US attorney for the District of Maryland under presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.

Rosenstein was selected by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and nominated by President Donald Trump after the firing of Sally Yates who had denied Inspector General oversight of the Department of Justice National Security Division and refused to implement executive orders from the Oval Office.

Rosenstein has been a key figure in several controversies throughout his career, most notably the firing of FBI Director James Comey and hiring of Special Counsel Robert Mueller in which Rosenstein plays a duel role as witness and prosecutor in alleged obstruction of justice.[1]

Rosenstein was referred for criminal investigation by Congress in April 2018 for his role in signing the Carter Page FISA warrant application containing unverified and/or false information from the Clinton-Steele dossier (possible violations of 18 USC 242, 18 USC 1505 and 1515b) with the recommendation Rosenstein should be recused from any role in overseeing the FISA abuse investigation of John Huber or a Special Counsel if needed.

Attorney General Sessions has recused himself from campaign related issues, leaving Rosenstein with a great deal of authority in the Department of Justice. This includes supervision of the FBI and of Mueller's investigation. If Rosenstein is dismissed, Solicitor General Noel Francisco is next in line at the Justice Department.[2]


As an investigator for Independent Counsel Ken Starr, Rosenstein interviewed Hillary Clinton in the Travelgate and Filegate scandals in the 1990s. Rosenstein later doctored his resume to obscure his involvement in the affair.[3]

Rosenstein was appointed an assistant U.S. attorney in 1997 and was promoted to United States attorney for Maryland in 2005. In 2007, Rosenstein was nominated to a position as an appeals court judge. His nomination was blocked by U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat. In 2017, President Trump nominated Rosenstein to be deputy attorney general. This nomination was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 94 to 6 on April 25. In one of his first acts as in his new job, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as a special counsel to investigate links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign on May 17.

Uranium One deal

Main article: Uranium One bribery scandal

Mueller investigation

Main article: Trump-Russia collusion hoax

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