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 confirm Rosenstein, the longest-serving US attorney in the nation who has developed a reputation in Maryland as an apolitical figure who overhauled the prosecutor's office.
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. "From all I see and know about him, I believe Mr. Rosenstein will keep his promise for integrity and independence".
Democrats, generally supportive of his.
Rosenstein made similar comments during his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year while declining to commit to appointing a special prosecutor.
Rosenstein said he would handle the case "the way I would handle any investigation" and appealed to legislators' patriotism.
The investigation, though, continued to dog Rosenstein's path to the upper ranks of the Justice Department. "I hope he'll be willing to speak truth to power and stand up to the president and the attorney general as necessary", Durbin said. He was unanimously confirmed as USA attorney in 2005 after being nominated by President George W. Bush and continued to serve under President Barack Obama.
Rosenstein will be in charge of overseeing the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, including potential connections between Trump campaign officials and Moscow. Hundreds of political appointments in the Trump administration remain unfilled.