WASHINGTON: Acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen will step down on Wednesday after temporarily heading the Justice Department and serving as the No. 2 official since May 2019, overseeing its Big Tech probe and other wide-ranging investigations.
Rosen, 62, a former deputy transportation secretary under President Donald Trump who was sworn in as deputy attorney general in May 2019, took the reins of the Justice Department after Bill Barr announced he would step down on Dec. 23.
In December, media reports suggested Trump would push Rosen to name special counsels to investigate Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud or the tax issues of President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
Rosen told Reuters at the time he would continue “to do things on the merits and to do things on the basis of the law and the facts.”
A Justice Department spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday that Rosen had made no such special counsel appointments during his tenure.
Rosen has kept a low-key profile but issued condemnations of the Jan. 6 Capitol violence by Trump supporters as the Justice Department mounted a massive effort to identify and prosecute people involved.
In a video message on Tuesday,…