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Attorney General Bill Barr and Rod Rosenstein. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

In his first public remarks since the Mueller report's release, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Thursday Russian hacking was "only the tip of the iceberg" in the country's plans to "influence elections, promote social discord, and undermine America," per the Washington Post.

What he's saying: Rosenstein, who spoke at the Public Servants Dinner of the Armenian Bar Association, also defended the decision not to charge President Trump with obstruction of justice as a result of the Mueller report, saying, "The rule of law is our most important principle. ... As President Trump pointed out, 'We govern ourselves in accordance with the rule of law rather [than] … the whims of an elite few or the dictates of collective will.'"

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Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict in the murder of George Floyd is the rare officer conviction

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Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was shown kneeling on George Floyd's neck last year in a video that shook the nation, was found guilty of murder and manslaughter on Tuesday.

Yes, but: Eight years after the launch of the Black Lives Matter movement, it's still rare for police officers to face legal consequences or jail time over the deaths of Black people.

Senate confirms Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general

Lisa Monaco during a confirmation hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., in March 2021. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Image

The Senate voted 98-2 on Tuesday to confirm Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general for the Justice Department, making her the agency's second highest-ranking official.

Why it matters: Monaco is expected to play a key role in Attorney General Merrick Garland's pledge to crack down on violence from domestic extremist groups, including the department's sweeping investigation of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.