In ‘Expansive’ Defense of the Mueller Probe, Rod Rosenstein Claims President Trump Has Been ‘Supportive’
Mueller ‘close to issuing findings’ into possible collusion between Trump campaign and Russia, says report
The interview drops on the same day Bloomberg reported that Rosenstein was “pressing” Mueller to wrap up the investigation as “expeditiously as possible.”
Here are some of the main takeaways from the report.
He pushed back on the idea that the Probe is a “rigged witch hunt,” but didn’t push back too hard
“People are entitled to be frustrated, I can accept that,” he said.
President Trump Wednesday Twitter Storm
“Disgraced and discredited Bob Mueller and his whole group of Angry Democrat Thugs spent over 30 hours with the White House Councel [sic], only with my approval, for purposes of transparency,” he wrote, acknowledging recent reports that White House lawyer Don McGahn has cooperated with investigators across a series of interviews. “Anybody needing that much time when they know there is no Russian Collusion is just someone….”
“The failing @nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel [sic], he must be a John Dean type ‘RAT,’” Mr Trump wrote on Sunday.
“But I allowed him and all others to testify – I didn’t have to. I have nothing to hide……”, the president wrote.
Rosenstein predicted (hoped?) that, at the end of the investigation, Americans would be confident in that the cases resulting from the probe “were warranted by the evidence and that it was an appropriate use of resources.”
He claims President Trump has been “supportive”
Rosenstein seemed like he was a lock to be fired or to resign from his post just a couple of weeks ago after the New York Times claiming he discussed invoking the 25th Amendment and suggested wearing a wire to record the president. He denied all of it and eventually met with President Donald Trump on Air Force One. Trump said that the 30-minute meeting was “great.” He didn’t answer questions about the Times story.
On Wednesday, Rosenstein said that Trump has actually been “supportive,” despite the fact that president often calls the Mueller investigation a “rigged witch hunt.”
“I have a solemn responsibility to make sure that cases like that are pursued and prosecuted, and I’m pleased the president has been supportive of that,” he said.
He also said that Trump knows he will continue to work as Deputy Attorney General “as long as he wants me to do this job” and that he “serve[s] at the pleasure of the president.”