Senate confirms No. 2 at Justice; will lead Russia probe

Ken Copeland
April 27, 2017

Rod Rosenstein was confirmed by the Senate as deputy attorney general, making the federal prosecutor the new face of the USA investigation into Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election and whether anyone associated with President Donald Trump played a role.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles SchumerGOP fundraiser enters crowded primary for Pa. Senate seat Dems: Trump risks government shutdown over border wall Miners' union shouldn't look to feds to bail out mismanaged pension fund MORE (D-N.Y.) said that Rosenstein told him during a private meeting that "he would appoint a special counsel to conduct that investigation if one is required".

Rosenstein's confirmation comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigations into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who opposed Rosenstein's confirmation, said Tuesday he was unsatisfied with his answers on appointing an independent investigator to look into Russian Federation.

A Justice Department spokesman did not respond to a question about when Rosenstein will be sworn in. Ben Cardin of Maryland described Rosenstein as someone who "will not yield to partisan pressure" and said it is "good to know that we have that kind of person that we can confirm [for] deputy attorney general".

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Democrats, generally supportive of his.

Rosenstein, first appointed to the Maryland post by President George W. Bush in 2005, was nominated to his new job by President Donald Trump.

"How I would handle an investigation.is how I would handle any investigation", Rosenstein said. "And the case for an independent special prosecutor is simply undeniable at this point".

Some Republicans are countering that the investigators should focus instead on whether former President Barack Obama's administration improperly "unmasked" and leaked information about people close to Trump that was obtained in legal foreign surveillance.

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