Rosen’s late-night emergence online came after protracted criticism from lawmakers and former officials about a lack of public reassurance from top federal law enforcement officials in the wake of the shocking assault on the Capitol last Wednesday.
The acting U.S. Attorney in Washington, Michael Sherwin, and the head of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, Steven D’Antuono, held an on-camera briefing for reporters for the first time Tuesday. They and/or their deputies held two telephone briefings with journalists after the Capitol riot last week, but broadcast of their remarks was not permitted.
Rosen’s statement posted early Wednesday on YouTube was pre-recorded. No questions were taken. The video was released just as President Donald Trump was suspended from the same platform for a week over what the Google-owned site said was a violation of its rules.
Rosen — who became DOJ’s No. 2 official in 2019 — took over leadership of the Justice Department just before Christmas, following the resignation of Attorney General William Barr.