As a result of the news that the Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein will not be appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the Russian meddling scandal, two Democrat leaders in the Senate Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Dick Durbin have issued statements. The Hill reports:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a statement that she supports “Senator Durbin’s call for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to resign if he is unwilling to appoint a special counsel. These investigations are far too important to risk disruption, delay or interference.”
Feinstein’s comments were part of a larger statement calling for the Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the committee.
Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, went further earlier Friday in calling on Rosenstein to either name a special prosecutor or resign “to preserve his reputation as a credible prosecutor.”
Rosenstein is increasingly under a spotlight for his role in Comey’s firing.
Rosenstein wrote the memo this week that the White House initially used as its public rationale for Comey’s firing. But Trump told NBC News that he would have fired Comey “regardless” of the DOJ’s recommendation.
Feinstein and Durbin’s statements come less than a month after senators voted 94-6 to make Rosenstein the No. 2 DOJ official. Both Feinstein and Durbin supported his nomination.
There’s no telling what will happen next week but I would put money that the Administration is not going to back down and next week this could all come to a head. The truth is the Democrats can call for his resignation all he wants but they are just going to be wasting air.
Source: The Hill