The Senate voted Tuesday 94-to-6 to confirm Rod Rosenstein as the deputy attorney general, the second-highest ranking official in the Justice Department and the person who will oversee the investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the us presidential election because the attorney general is now recused.
Rosenstein was confirmed for the post in the 94 to 6 vote.
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.
Senate Democrats pressed Rosenstein to recuse himself and appoint a special prosecutor for any Russian Federation investigations, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday that Rosenstein agreed to appoint a special prosecutor if it was needed.
Rosenstein was appointed by President George W. Bush as USA attorney for Maryland in 2005 and then served for the duration of President Barack Obama's tenure. Rosenstein has said he will make that determination once fully briefed on the status of the investigations. Rosenstein will now decide whether to appoint an independent prosecutor in that matter. He was confirmed unanimously in 2005. "From all I see and know about him, I believe Mr. Rosenstein will keep his promise for integrity and independence".
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"He's not a partisan guy", Baltimore police Commissioner Kevin Davis said of Rosenstein recently.
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 investigation, though, continued to dog Rosenstein's path to the upper ranks of the Justice Department.
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.). In March, the administration dismissed 46 remaining Obama-appointed US attorneys.