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Report: Baltimore US Attorney To Be Tapped For Trump DOJ Post

January 13th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein for deputy attorney general, CNN reports.

CNN cited people close to the Trump transition. Rosenstein is the longest serving US attorney at the Justice Department.

An appointee of President George W. Bush in 2005, he was confirmed unanimously and kept on under President Barack Obama. The Senate in 2007, then under Democratic control, didn't confirm his 2007 nomination to a judgeship, in part because he lacked the endorsement of then-Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes.

Sources told CNN that Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick to lead the Justice Department and a former US attorney, helped pick Rosenstein. If confirmed, Rosenstein would handle day-to-day management of the department's employees.

In November, law enforcement and elected officials expressed hope to The Baltimore Sun that he would stay on the job in Baltimore under Trump.

The 51-year-old Bethesda resident graduated Harvard Law School. He began prosecuting public corruption cases in 1990 and served in a number of roles before his appointment in Baltimore. From 2001 to 2005, he was principal deputy assistant attorney general for the tax division of the Department of Justice. As US attorney, he's focused on issues including violent crime, illegal drugs, child exploitation and corruption.

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