Rosenstein defends himself, DOJ on Russia investigation, Mueller report

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UPDATED 8:30 AM PT – Friday, April 26, 2019

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein summed up the Mueller investigation by saying he did it by the book. On Thursday, he appeared in New York City and said he knows “not everyone is happy with his decisions.”

Rosenstein defended his appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, and said he believes Attorney General William Barr conducted himself honorably during the final stages of the probe.

The deputy attorney general then placed blame on the Obama administration for not doing more to prevent election meddling, and subtlety slammed former FBI Director James Comey.

Attorney General William Barr speaks alongside Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report during a news conference, Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the Department of Justice in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

“Some critical decisions about that Russia investigation were made before I got there. The previous administration chose not to publicize the full story about Russian computer hackers and social media trolls, and how they relate to Russia’s broader strategy to undermine America. The FBI disclosed classified information about an investigation to selected lawmakers and their staffers. Someone selectively leaked information to the news media. The FBI director disclosed at a congressional hearing that there was a counterintelligence investigation that might result in criminal charges. Then the former FBI director alleged that the president had pressured him to close the investigation and the president denied that that conversation occurred. So, that happened.” — Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General

Rosenstein also said he believes the “nation is safer, elections are more secure, and citizens are better informed about foreign influence operations.”

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