Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team over the summer.(Andrew Harnik/AP)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 11:17 PM
The man tasked with overseeing the Justice Department’s Russia probe was not immune to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s questioning, according to a report Tuesday.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was interviewed over former FBI Director James Comey firing in either June or July, suggesting Mueller does not consider the veteran prosecutor a critical witness, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Otherwise, experts say Rosenstein would have recused himself from supervising the investigation into whether the Trump presidential campaign colluded with the Kremlin.
“It is unusual,” former federal prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg told the Journal. “But my inference is that they are not viewing him as a potential critical witness.”
After Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal, Rosenstein took the lead on the Russian investigation and brought on Mueller as its special counsel.
Rosenstein drafted a soon-to-be contentious memo detailing Comey's handling of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, which the White House publicly used to justify his firing of the FBI director in May.
Trump soon revealed that he planned to fire Commey regardless of Rosenstein’s input, claiming that the Russia allegations were baseless.
“This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won,” Trump told NBC News’ Lester Holt.Send a Letter to the Editor
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