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Rod Rosenstein Biography

Rod  Rosenstein is an American attorney serving as United States Deputy Attorney General since 2017. Prior to his current appointment, he served as a United States Attorney for the District of Maryland. At the time of his confirmation as Deputy Attorney General in April 2017, he was the nation’s longest-serving U.S. Attorney. He had also been nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 2007, but his nomination was never considered by the U.S. Senate.

In 2017, he was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as Deputy Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice. On April 25, 2017, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In May 2017, he authored a memo that President Trump cited as the basis for his decision to dismiss FBI Director James Comey.

Following the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Comey’s dismissal, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 elections and related matters. Rosenstein previously assumed authority over the parallel FBI probe after the recusal of former attorney general Jeff Sessions over misleading remarks he made to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary during his confirmation process. On November 7, 2018, Trump transferred command of this oversight to acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

Rod Rosenstein Age

Rod Rosenstein was born as Rod Jay Rosenstein on 13 January 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. He is 54 years old as of 2019.

Rod Rosenstein Education

He went to Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated summa cum laude in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in economics. After graduating from Penn, he went to Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. While at Harvard, he landed an internship with Robert Mueller. Robert Mueller was the then acting United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. Rosenstein graduated cum laude in 1989 with a Juris Doctor degree. He then served as a law clerk to Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School in 1997–98.

Rod Rosenstein

Rod Rosenstein Family

Rosenstein was born to Robert and Gerri Rosenstein. Robert ran a small business, and Gerri Rosenstein, was a bookkeeper and school board president. He grew up in Lower Moreland Township, Pennsylvania. He has one sister, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rod Rosenstein Spouse

He is married to Lisa Barsoomian. Lisa Barsoomian is an Armenian lawyer who worked for the National Institutes of Health until 2011. The couple has two daughters. During her 24 years of law practice, as a government attorney Barsoomian has defended cases for Bill Clinton and Colin Powell, various Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases, and the FBI’s “Carnivore” surveillance system, which monitors and captures e-mail.

Rod Rosenstein Net Worth

His net worth is still disclosed.

Rod Rosenstein Comey Memo

On May 8, 2017, Trump directed Sessions and Rosenstein to make a case against FBI Director James Comey in writing. The next day, Rosenstein handed a memo to Sessions providing the basis for Sessions’s recommendation to President Trump that Comey be dismissed. In his memo Rosenstein asserts that the FBI must have “a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them”. He ends with an argument against keeping Comey as FBI director, on the grounds that he was given an opportunity to “admit his errors” but that there is no hope that he will “implement the necessary corrective actions.”

Some critics argued that he,Rosenstein, in enabling the dismissal of Comey amid an investigation into Russian election interference, damaged his own reputation. After administration officials cited his memo as the main reason for Comey’s dismissal, an anonymous source in the White House said that Rosenstein threatened to resign. Rosenstein denied the claim and said he was “not quitting,” when asked directly by a reporter from Sinclair Broadcast Group. On May 17, Rosenstein told the full Senate he knew that Comey would be fired before he wrote his controversial memo that the White House initially used as justification for President Trump firing Comey.

Rod Rosenstein Michael Cohen

In April 2018, Rosenstein reportedly personally approved the FBI raid on President Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, in which the FBI seized emails, tax documents and records, some of them related to Cohen’s payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels. After ad interim U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman had recused himself, the search was executed by others in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and approved by a federal judge.

Rod Rosenstein Breaking News

Rosenstein seems to lower hopes for what public will see of Mueller report

The deputy attorney general who launched the Russia probe appeared to pour cold water Monday on expectations.
By Ken Dilanian

WASHINGTON — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday appeared to be trying to dampen expectations about what the public might see of special counsel Robert Mueller’s widely-expected report, noting that federal prosecutors typically don’t describe conduct that falls outside the scope of criminal charges.

“The guidance I always gave my prosecutors and the agents that I worked with during my tenure on the front lines of law enforcement was: If we aren’t prepared to prove our case beyond a reasonable doubt in court, then we have no business making allegations against American citizens,” Rosenstein said during a question and answer session at a Washington think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Rosenstein would not answer specific questions about the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. elections. But his comments came amid a growing expectation that Mueller will deliver a confidential report to the attorney general within the next few weeks — a report that may describe his decisions not to prosecute people he had been investigating.

The rules appear to give Mueller wide latitude to create a narrative explaining what he found about the many unexplained contacts between Trump associates and the Russians, regardless of whether he files criminal charges.

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But on the question of whether that information will ever become public, Rosenstein seemed to be pouring cold water.

He criticized former FBI Director James Comey for publicly accusing then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her aides in July 2016 of being “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

When it comes to law enforcement investigations, transparency is not always a good thing, Rosenstein said.

“Just because the government collects information, doesn’t mean that information is accurate,” he said. “It can be really misleading if you’re overly transparent about information that the government collects. So, I think we do need to be really cautious about that.”

In prepared remarks, Rosenstein also praised Attorney General William Barr as “yet another example of a superb appointment that President Trump has made which I believe does demonstrate a commitment to the rule of law.”

That struck some observers as something Rosenstein, who has been briefed on every aspect of the Mueller investigation, would not have said were he expecting a report that accuses Trump of misconduct.

Congressional Democrats say they will subpoena the Mueller report, call the special counsel to testify, and do whatever is required so the public can learn exactly what he found.

“Although we recognize the policy of the Department (of Justice) to remain sensitive to the privacy and reputation interests of individuals who will not face criminal charges, we feel that it is necessary to address the particular danger of withholding evidence of misconduct by President Trump from the relevant committees,” House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler said in a Feb. 22 letter to Barr.

“If the special counsel has reason to believe that the president has engaged in criminal or other serious misconduct, then the president must be subject to accountability either in a court or to the Congress. But because the department has taken the position that a sitting president is immune from indictment and prosecution, Congress could be the only institution currently situated to act on evidence of the president’s misconduct,” Nadler wrote.

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“To maintain that a sitting president cannot be indicted, and then to withhold evidence of wrongdoing from Congress because the president will not be charged, is to convert department policy into the means for a cover-up. The president is not above the law.”

Although the Mueller report may contain grand jury information that normally is not sent to Congress, there is precedent for an exception to the grand jury secrecy rules.

In 1974, Federal District Judge John J. Sirica ordered that a grand jury report and accompanying materials bearing on President Richard Nixon’s conduct in the Watergate scandal be turned over to the House impeachment inquiry.

Sirica decided that lawmakers’ need for the information outweighed the case for privacy and secrecy.

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