Rosenstein, Trump justice official, will speak at Campbell law commencement

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, seen here in December 2017.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, seen here in December 2017. Bloomberg

Usually, the U.S. deputy attorney general is not a household name, but Rod Rosenstein has become one.

Rosenstein will give the commencement address at Campbell Law School’s ceremony on May 11, the school announced Tuesday.

Confirmed last April as the U.S. Department of Justice’s No. 2 official, Rosenstein has been a key player in the drama surrounding the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. President Donald Trump has said it was a memo authored by Rosenstein that led him to fire former FBI Director James Comey. Rosenstein also appointed Robert Mueller as a special counsel to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the election.

More recently, in a declassified memo released by Republicans last week, Rosenstein was mentioned as one of the senior justice officials who sought surveillance warrants on former Trump adviser Carter Page. Some Republicans have argued that the memo illustrates that FBI and justice department actions are biased against Trump.

Rosenstein graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and earned a law degree from Harvard Law School. He was a law clerk to Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He then joined the U.S. Department of Justice, prosecuting public corruption cases. He also has served as Assistant U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney in Maryland.

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