Edward O’Callaghan, principal associate deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, has been confirmed to fill Rod Rosenstein's former role as deputy attorney general on an acting basis. Attorney General William Barr announced O'Callaghan's confirmation in a statement posted Friday. The new acting deputy attorney general will continue to function in the role until the Senate confirms the appointment of Jeffrey Rosen to succeed Rosenstein full-time.
"I am confident that Ed will be an excellent acting deputy attorney general during this interim period," said Barr.
O'Callaghan holds more than 20 years of legal experience, having served as a partner with various law firms and as a national security co-chief for the criminal division of New York Southern District's attorney office. Rod Rosenstein's tenure as deputy attorney general ended on May 11, concluding 29 years of work with DOJ. He issued his resignation late April.