Rod Rosenstein

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Person.png Rod Rosenstein   C-SPANRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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BornRod Jay Rosenstein
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania, Harvard University
SpouseLisa Barsoomian
Trump loyalist(?) who was possibly targeted in a rumor campaign.

Employment.png United States Deputy Attorney General Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
April 26, 2017 - Present
Preceded byDana Boente

Rod Rosenstein became United States Deputy Attorney General in April 2017. He assisted Jeff Sessions in preparing a a three page memorandum which criticized FBI Director James Comey before Comey was invited to resign.[1]


In Autumn 2017, Rosenstein suggested that encryption should be controlled, claiming that "new technologies will pose new dangers if innovations develop so quickly that the laws cannot keep up with them."[2]

“Responsible encryption is achievable. Responsible encryption can involve effective, secure encryption that allows access only with judicial authorization. Such encryption already exists.”
Rod Rosenstein (October 10, 2017)  [3]

The New York Times report

On September 21, 2018, The New York Times reported that Rosenstein suggested, in the spring of 2017 shortly after the dismissal of Comey, that he could secretly tape conversations between himself and Trump. He also allegedly suggested invoking the 25th amendment to attempt to remove Trump from office.[4][5] Rosenstein strongly denied it, and other reporting suggested he had been sarcastic in his reference to taping Trump.[6][7] The report gave rise to rumors that he would be fired.[8]

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe stated in a February 2019 60 Minutes interview that during the days after Comey was fired, "the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what to do with the president," including the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to have Trump removed from office. Rosenstein again denied such discussions occurred.[9]

It is unclear whether the media reports were an attempt to get rid of a Trump loyalist by smears, or if he genuinely considered changing sides.

Post-government career

Rosenstein joined King & Spalding January 2020, a white-shoe international law firm best known for "advising Donald Trump's real estate empire." He works primarily in assisting with federal investigations.[10]

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