Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors to return to tough policies against drug abusers, ending a push by the Obama administration to clear prisons of lower-level criminals serving long, mandatory minimum sentences.
Weeks after hailing him as an "independent" prosecutor who would "stand up for the law," Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had deep reservations about Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein's impartiality and said they no longer trusted him to oversee the probe into Russia.
When the time came for the Trump administration to explain why it had fired the embattled director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the job fell not to the president or to the Attorney General but to the former U.S. Attorney from Maryland with a reputation for putting the law above politics.
Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein faced a barrage of questions from Democratic senators Tuesday about how he would handle investigations into Russian meddling in last year's election if he is confirmed to serve as the No. 2 official at Department of Justice.
The cloud of suspicion over Russian interference in the American presidential election has widened, with new demands from congressional Republicans as well as Democrats for a special counsel's investigation, akin to the Watergate inquiry that forced the 1974 resignation of Richard Nixon.