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Fri May 19, 2017, 02:09 PM

Rosenstein briefs House members in second visit to Capitol Hill

Source: Washington Post

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said he appointed a special counsel to restore Americans’ faith in the investigation into possible collusion between associates of President Trump and Russian officials, telling House members Friday that interference in U.S. elections should not be a partisan issue.

The moment brought applause from most lawmakers present at Rosenstein’s all-House briefing, according to several lawmakers present. But despite the positive feeling, several members leaving the briefing expressed frustration with the lack of new information Rosenstein provided about President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey.

Notably, Rosenstein stood by his controversial memo criticizing Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Trump initially used the document to justify Comey’s firing, but Rosenstein told lawmakers that account was not accurate.

“Former Department of Justice officials from both political parties have criticized Director Comey’s decisions,” Rosenstein said in an opening statement devoted largely to defending his memo.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/rosenstein-heads-back-to-capitol-hill-friday-to-brief-house-members/2017/05/19/e205b3f8-3c8c-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

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