Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, wrapped up his high-profile tenure at the U.S. Justice Department as his likely replacement moved closer to confirmation in the U.S. Senate on Thursday.
In an emotional farewell ceremony, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein defended the Justice Department’s mission at a time when its employees face increasing criticism President Donald Trump, as well as from Democrats and Republicans.
“If kindness and humility are in short supply outside the halls of justice, that’s all the more reason to set a good example,” Rosenstein said at a ceremony that included tributes from Attorney General William Barr and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Rosenstein spoke shortly after the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved Jeffrey Rosen, the No. 2 official at the Department of Transportation, to replace Rosenstein as Barr’s deputy. That clears the way for a final confirmation vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Unlike Rosenstein, who spent nearly 30 years at the Justice Department, Rosen has never worked as a prosecutor.
Democrats said his lack of experience should be disqualifying.