In his capacity as Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Rosenstein advises and assists Attorney General Jeff Sessions in formulating and implementing policies and programs and in providing overall supervision and direction to all components of the Justice Department. Because Attorney General Sessions recused himself, Mr. Rosenstein also has direct oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Recent media reports have raised serious concerns about the political motives of staff assigned to the special counsel’s investigative team. One staff member, Peter Strzok – who also allegedly influenced former FBI Director Comey’s decision to characterize former Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server as “extremely careless” instead of “grossly negligent” – has been fired from the special counsel’s team for sending anti-Trump texts. Another prosecutor on the team, Andrew Weissman, praised a former DOJ official for refusing to defend President Trump’s temporary travel moratorium.House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the statement below in advance of this hearing and on recent reports about staff controversies in the special counsel’s investigation.
Source: House Judiciary Committee