Latest Rod Rosenstein News

Senate confirms Trump official as Justice Department deputy

May. 16, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to confirm Jeffrey Rosen as deputy attorney general, the second-ranking official at the Justice Department. The vote was 52-45. Rosen replaces Rod Rosenstein, who left the department last week. Rosentein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller and had overseen his...

Rosenstein: Russia probe justified, closing it wasn't option

May. 13, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh out of his job as deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein said Monday that the Justice Department's investigation into Russian election interference was "justified," that he would have never allowed anyone to interfere with it and that closing it had not been an option. He also took...

Police: Slain woman had 2 husbands, including African actor

May. 13, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A woman who was recently shot to death in a brazen daytime attack outside Washington was married to two men, authorities say. One is a well-known actor from west Africa. The other is a convicted cocaine trafficker who was described as a "major Baltimore drug dealer" before going to...

Hundreds gather at ceremony to bid farewell to Rosenstein

May. 9, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of Justice Department employees gathered Thursday to send off Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, capping a tenure marked by a tumultuous relationship with President Donald Trump. Attorney General William Barr and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions were among the speakers,...

Pelosi pledges methodical action on 'constitutional crisis'

May. 9, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the country faces a "constitutional crisis" over President Donald Trump's resistance to congressional investigation, and she promised a methodical, if lengthy, effort to pursue oversight of the White House. Pelosi made no promise for a swift House...

House panel votes Barr in contempt, escalating Trump dispute

May. 8, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the Democrats' extraordinary legal battle with the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia report. The vote capped a day of...

Ex-prosecutors: Trump would've been charged if not president

May. 6, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of former federal prosecutors have signed onto a letter saying President Donald Trump would have been charged with obstruction of justice if he were anyone other than the president. The letter was signed by former Justice Department prosecutors who served under both Democratic...

What's known about surveillance of Trump campaign aides

May. 3, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a London bar three years ago, a young foreign policy adviser for Donald Trump's campaign told an Australian diplomat something astonishing: Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton. Within months, the adviser, George Papadopoulos, was proven right as stolen emails damaging to Clinton...

Barr besieged by allegations he's being Trump's protector

May. 3, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr portrayed himself as an apolitical elder statesman at his confirmation hearing. He declared he'd rather resign than be asked to fire special counsel Robert Mueller without cause and insisted the prosecutor he'd known for decades would never involve himself in...

The attorney general Trump wanted: A look at Barr's rhetoric

May. 2, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has found the attorney general he's wanted all along. Attorney General William Barr is sparring with congressional Democrats, defending Trump's efforts to shut down the Russia probe and painting a sanitized picture of the president's conduct in special counsel Robert...