Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, nominated to be deputy attorney general, will have to wait at least another week before receiving a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee after Democrats forced a delay Monday.
The committee had been scheduled to vote on Rosenstein as well as President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. As was expected, Democrats requested that the committee vote on the nominations be delayed one week.
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the vote has been rescheduled for April 3.
"I understand that the minority would like to hold them over," Grassley said in a statement. "Any member may hold over nominations on the agenda for the first time."
Democratic opposition to Gorsuch has become more pronounced in recent weeks, and his confirmation is expected to be subject to a filibuster. Rosenstein has generally enjoyed bipartisan support, but his confirmation has become tied up in questions about the Trump campaign's interactions with the Russia.
Grassley initially refused to schedule a vote on Rosenstein because he said Congress had not received adequate information about the FBI's probe into Russian elections interference.
Rosenstein, 52, was appointed as Maryland's top federal prosecutor by Republican President George W. Bush in 2005 and retained under President Barack Obama.
He prosecuted Black Guerrilla Family gang members, inmates and corrections officers who devised a massive contraband smuggling scheme at the Baltimore City Detention Center in 2013. He alleged a similar scheme at the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover last year, filing the largest federal indictment in Maryland history.
More recently, Rosenstein announced federal racketeering charges against seven Baltimore police officers who prosecutors said were shaking down citizens, filing false court paperwork and making fraudulent overtime claims.