Durbin Opposes President Trump's Deputy AG Nominee, Jeffrey Rosen

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after voting against President Donald Trump’s nominee to be Deputy U.S. Attorney General, Jeffrey Rosen:

“At this critical moment, we need a Deputy Attorney General who knows the Justice Department, who has experience in criminal investigations and prosecutions, and who is committed to the Department’s role of enforcing the law independently.  Mr. Rosen has no experience working in the Justice Department or handling criminal cases,” Durbin said.  “Mr. Rosen simply does not have the qualifications for this critical assignment.”

In last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee markup, Durbin argued that Mr. Rosen does not have the qualifications to be Deputy Attorney General given his lack of experience in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and lack of understanding of its basic law enforcement components.  In April, Durbin met with Mr. Rosen and expressed concern that he is not qualified to serve in this critical position.