According to rumors that were leaked to ABC News, it appears that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the least may be recusing himself. We want to stress that this is according to ABC News that Rosenstein has whispered to colleagues he may need to recuse himself from the matter of the Russian Meddling investigation. ABC News reports:
Rosenstein, who authored an extensive and publicly-released memorandum recommending Comey’s firing, raised the possibility of his recusal during a recent meeting with Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the Justice Department’s new third-in-command, according to sources.
Although Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to lead the federal probe, he still makes the final decisions about resources, personnel and — if necessary — any prosecutions.
In the recent meeting with Brand, Rosenstein told her that if he were to recuse himself, she would have to step in and take over those responsibilities. She was sworn-in little more than a month ago.
Potentially complicating matters, Trump posted an exasperated message today on Twitter, dismissing the Russia-related probe as a “witch hunt” and lamenting that he’s “being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!”
Rosenstein is keenly aware that he could become a potential witness in the investigation.
“I understand there are serious allegations that have been raised,” Rosenstein told a Senate panel earlier this week. “I recognize the importance of these questions, and I think that Director Mueller ought to review that and make a determination of whether or not he believes it is within the scope of his investigation.”
Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, asked Rosenstein specifically whether he might have a conflict of interest if he becomes a witness in the investigation.
“I’m not going to answer hypothetical questions,” Rosenstein said. “[But] I am working with career professionals who know these rules and are responsible for enforcing these rules, and I can assure you that we’re going to do the right thing, and we’re going to defend the integrity of that investigation.”
Here is the tweet the President posted this morning:
I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
What do you make of this? My gut tells me something is a sniff in the DOJ. What exactly? Who knows. Maybe the Trump administration has something on those in the DOJ? It could be a simple as some people are just running for cover. Maybe those from the ‘deep state’ are trying to move the investigation out of the DOJ (executive branch) and begin a special commission (congress). Do not be surprised if in the next week there is some shake up having to do with this investigation. What kind of shakeup I don’t know but, something is up.
Source: ABC News