Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. Attorney in Baltimore and the longest-serving U.S. attorney, is the incoming Trump administration’s pick to become the next deputy attorney general, the second-highest position in the Justice Department, the Washington Post reports. Rosenstein, 52, is the sole holdover U.S. attorney from the George W. Bush administration who is still in office. He would replace Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. Rosenstein, who must be confirmed by the Senate, would be responsible for the day-to-day running of the sprawling department of 113,000 employees in 94 districts.
Rosenstein became U.S. Attorney in 2005, and is widely credited with calming what was then an office in turmoil. Poor management had undermined morale within the office and hurt relations with the FBI after the Sept. 11, 2001. Colleagues say he is able to withstand political pressure from any quarter, including the White House. “Rod is not someone who would stand silent in the face of something he believed was wrong,” said Jason Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor who was Rosenstein’s violent crimes chief.