Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen will lead the Justice Department in an acting capacity at least until President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, the Wall Street Journal reports. Since his confirmation to the No. 2 post in May 2019, Rosen has taken a leading role on some corporate cases, including the antitrust case against Google. He doesn’t have prior experience as a prosecutor. DOJ officials say he has been involved in sensitive litigation that the White House had an interest in, including a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, over the publication of his book in June.
Rosen has spent most of his career in the private sector and at other government agencies. They include the Transportation Department ,where he served in the No. 2 job before joining the Justice Department. In October, Rosen, 62, unveiled the Justice Department’s case against Google, alleging that the search giant is illegally preserving its monopoly status by engaging in anticompetitive tactics that shut out future innovators. Confirmed last year by a 52-45 party-line Senate vote, Rosen has kept a low profile both within the department and in public. The Justice Department’s No. 2 official usually isn’t widely known outside Washington, but his predecessors, Rod Rosenstein and Sally Yates, were in the news more often. Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Outgoing Attorney General William Barr selected Rosen for his managerial experience, despite a lack of prior service in the Justice Department. He has been a liaison to local law enforcement and touted DOJ’s record in combating violent crime, speaking regularly to groups such as the National Sheriffs Association.