There will come a time to litigate the question of Rosenstein’s handling of the many bizarre questions he confronted in his role as deputy attorney general. Today is not that day.
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The deputy attorney general’s non-recusal might call into question elements of the Mueller investigation narrative.
Seeing the President chafe with frustration at what he cannot do with law enforcement is as vivid a portrait as I have ever seen of American government structurally limiting the impulse to tyranny.
If law enforcement leadership tolerates presidential behavior of this sort today and contents itself with passively resisting Trump’s demands, we should expect that the leadership of tomorrow will comply with such demands.
This morning at 10:00 ET Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will testify on the Justice Department's FY2018 budget request before the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies of the Senate Appropriations Committee. I predict there is roughly zero chance that he will be asked zero questions about the FBI's Russia probe.
Follow along as we liveblog this morning's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on FISA Section 702, featuring testimony from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats; and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers.
Congress has two basic choices when someone refuses to comply with a subpoena: let it go or pursue contempt remedies.
Senate Judiciary Committee Leadership Requests Briefing from DAG Rosenstein and Acting FBI Director McCabe
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein have requested a briefing from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to the full committee on matters related to the Russia investigation, among others. The letter requests that Rosenstein and McCabe contact the committee staff by 5pm today to schedule the briefing.
Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Elijah Cummings and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee John Conyers have sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein requesting a report on the role of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' role in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, citing Sessions' commitment to recuse himself from investigations into "any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States." The letter is available
The process by which Comey was fired appears to raise a version of the same professional concerns that the firing supposedly responds to: a breach of longstanding norms that have developed to protect the integrity, independence, and rule of law values of the Justice Department.