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Breaking: Lindsey Graham Just Dropped A Bomb on Rosenstein

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Sen. Lindsey Graham sent a letter to Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein asking if he’s a witness in Mueller probe. President Trump followed the recommendation of his deputy attorney general when he fired FBI boss James Comey.

Graham suggested Rosenstein should recuse himself from overseeing the probe.

Letter:

The Honorable Rod J. Rosenstein Deputy Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20530
Dear Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein:

It has been widely reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation includes whether President Trump obstructed the Russia probe by firing former FBI Director James Comey. Importantly, when President Trump fired Director Comey in May 2017, he relied on a memorandum prepared by you to justify the firing.
Please answer the following questions:

• Do you consider yourself a potential witness in the Mueller investigation regarding the tiring of Director Comey by President Trump?
• If not, why not?
• If so, should you recuse yourself from further interactions with and oversight of the Mueller investigation?

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely, Lindsey 0. Graham

United States Senator

In a recent interview with CNN, Graham says Rosenstein is conflicted.

“I think Rosenstein is conflicted,” he told CNN. “If you’re looking at obstruction of justice misconduct post-presidency, the Comey firing as being a form of obstruction of justice, then Rosenstein is a key witness in that and you can’t be a witness and oversee the investigation.”

In May 2017, a letter from Rosenstein surfaced recommending James Comey be fired for mishandling the Hillary Clinton email case.

The current FBI Director is an articulate and persuasive speaker about leadership and the immutable principles of the Department of Justice. He deserves our appreciation for his public service. As you and I have discussed, however, I cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken. Almost everyone agrees that the Director made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives.

The director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution. It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement. At most, the Director should have said the FBI had completed its investigation and presented its findings to federal prosecutors. The Director now defends his decision by asserting that he believed attorney General Loretta Lynch had a conflict. But the FBI Director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department. There is a well-established process for other officials to step in when a conflict requires the recusal of the Attorney General. On July 5, however, the Director announced his own conclusions about the nation’s most sensitive criminal investigation, without the authorization of duly appointed Justice Department leaders.

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