For one, he’ll be the new acting attorney general since the departure of the hapless Bill Barr.
But what kind of person is he? Will he be effective? Was he put in this position for a reason?
President Trump tweeted: “Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, an outstanding person, will become Acting Attorney General. Highly respected Richard Donoghue will be taking over the duties of Deputy Attorney General. Thank you to all!”
Might they be any better? Barr deeply disappointed us. He talked a lot about the Constitution, blah, blah, blah. He did nothing much to preserve it. That’s what really matters. Anyone in private business would have had the Durham report done in six months. Two years and counting? Ridiculous! Just running out the clock.
So on to Rosen. Here’s what the DOJ said about him:
Mr. Rosen has guided numerous initiatives, including an antitrust review of online technology platforms, criminal and civil opioids enforcement and legislation, investigations and prosecutions of IP theft and of cyberhacking, counter-UAS measures to facilitate safe use of drones, redress of pandemic-related fraud, and reform of regulatory and administrative law, among others. In February 2020 Mr. Rosen presented oral argument to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving prison inmate litigation (Lomax v. Ortiz-Marquez).
Though most of Mr. Rosen’s nearly four-decade career was in the private sector, he has almost a decade of public sector experience, including U.S. Senate confirmations on two previous occasions. Prior to arriving at the Department of Justice, Mr. Rosen served as the Deputy Secretary of Transportation (2017-2019), where he was the Chief Operating Officer of a Cabinet Department with more than 55,000 employees and a budget in excess of $80 billion. Other appointed public sector positions include General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Office of Management and Budget (2006-2009) and General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Transportation (2003-2006). He was also an appointed Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (2013-2017).
In the private sector, Mr. Rosen first joined the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis as an associate in 1982 and became a partner in 1988. He was elected to that firm’s global management committee in 1999. After his public-service appointments during 2003-2009, Mr. Rosen returned to Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a partner from 2009-2017. Throughout his years in private practice, Mr. Rosen handled complex litigation across the United States, including jury trials, bench evidentiary hearings, arbitrations, and appellate arguments. Among his wide-ranging litigation practice were cases involving antitrust, securities, RICO, business torts, trade secrets, contracts, government enforcement actions, and product liability, including class actions, as well as regulatory matters.
Mr. Rosen served as the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice during 2015-2016. In addition, he previously served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics.
Mr. Rosen received a B.A. (economics) with highest distinction from Northwestern University (1979) and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School (1982).
Northwestern and Harvard. I’d have preferred Hillsdale.
Plus, Rosen is from the same globalist law firm as Barr. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?
As for Rosen’s replacement, Deputy AG to be Richard Donoghue, served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division – the same military unit General Michael Flynn was part of. He was also Judge Advocate General Corp in the U.S. Army where he was a military judge.
That may be more significant than the Rosen pick.