Rod Rosenstein was confirmed by the Senate as deputy attorney general, making the federal prosecutor the new face of the us investigation into Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election and whether anyone associated with President Donald Trump played a role.
The Senate voted 94-6 to approve Rosenstein as the number two man at The Department of Justice.
Rosenstein's otherwise uncontroversial appointment was thrust into the spotlight this year after Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would recuse himself from investigations into Trump campaign interactions with Russian Federation.
Rosenstein's confirmation was never truly in doubt - although his confirmation was still contentious, as he refused to commit to appointing a special counsel to oversee investigations of alleged election meddling by Russian Federation. Rosenstein will now decide whether to appoint an independent prosecutor in that matter. Chris Murphy supporting the nominee for deputy attorney general. The 52-year-old has served as U.S. Attorney for Maryland since 2005 after being picked for the post by former President George W. Bush.
The senators voting against Rosenstein's confirmation Tuesday were all Democrats: Cory Booker (N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.).
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The deputy attorney general is responsible for day-to-day operations and oversight of the Justice Department's law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
If he doesn't appoint a special counsel, Durbin said, responsibility will fall squarely on Rosenstein.
The Maryland U.S. attorney has worked for both Democratic and Republicans presidents.
Rosenstein is likely to lead the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any possible connections between Russia and the Trump campaign.