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US: Deputy AG nominee wins 94% of senate approval

 |  April 26, 2017

Rod Rosenstein was confirmed by the Senate as deputy attorney general after his nomination was approved on Tuesday by the Senate in 94-6 vote.

At the top of his agenda will be overseeing the Justice Department’s Russia hacking investigation — or deciding whether to name a special counsel to handle the probe because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the inquiry.

Rosenstein will pick up oversight of the Russia probe from Dana Boente, a US prosecutor in Virginia who has been filling in as acting deputy attorney general. Sessions recused himself from the investigation in March after failing to disclose he had met twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.

While Rosenstein was nominated to be deputy attorney general by Trump, he has more than 25 years’ experience working in the Justice Department through Republican and Democratic administrations. The 52-year-old has served as US Attorney for Maryland since 2005 after being picked for the post by former President George W. Bush.

Full Content: Bloomberg

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