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Friday, June 16, 2017

The senior Justice Department official with ultimate authority over the special counsel's probe of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the matter, which he took charge of only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' own recusal, sources tell ABC News.

Those private remarks from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are significant because they reflect the widening nature of the federal probe, which now includes a preliminary inquiry into whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice when he allegedly tried to curtail the probe and then fired James Comey as FBI director.


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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.


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If so, to whom would Mueller report?

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-06-16 12:55 PM | Reply

This may explain why this weird statement was released last night....

"Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia probe due to Jeff Sessions' recusal, released an unorthodox statement Thursday night:

"Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials,' particularly when they do not identify the country -- let alone the branch or agency of government -- with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations."

The general reaction, summed up by the NY Times' Maggie Haberman, "Have literally never seen a statement like this."

What to watch, via Bloomberg's Jennifer Epstein, "If this statement is preemptive: oh, boy, is the story going to be explosive."



#2 | Posted by Corky at 2017-06-16 12:58 PM | Reply


"Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the Justice Department's new third-in-command"... apparently.

Or maybe Ivanka.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2017-06-16 01:04 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

And she has a mixed history....

"She served as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy in the George W. Bush administration and was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Prior to becoming Associate Attorney General, Brand was an associate professor at Antonin Scalia Law School."


#4 | Posted by Corky at 2017-06-16 01:17 PM | Reply

Or maybe Ivanka.

Why not me?
~ Jared AKA Tyro

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-06-16 02:27 PM | Reply

With all these WH people recusing themselves, it may come down to this guy to decide....


#6 | Posted by Corky at 2017-06-16 02:53 PM | Reply

"Rosenstein friends say he won't be influenced by Trump tweets

The president appeared to attack the deputy attorney general, who oversees the special counsel investigating Russian election meddling.

President Donald Trump's tweet Friday struck many of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's friends and colleagues as a bid to get him to drop oversight of the special prosecutor investigation into Trump and his campaign's contacts with Russian officials, but Rosenstein's allies insist he won't buckle under such pressure.

"I think Rod's going to be able to handle whatever position he's put in and do what the job calls for. Tweets are not going to change how he approaches something," said Jan Miller, a former U.S. attorney in Illinois who earlier spent time working with Rosenstein in the Maryland office. "I know it sounds somewhat trite, I suppose, but it's just the way it is. He's going to do what needs to be done."

However, other Rosenstein friends noted reports that he complained bitterly to the White House last month when Trump aides said the president fired Comey at Rosenstein's instigation.

One lawyer who is involved in the case and knows Rosenstein well said the veteran prosecutor is a mix of furious and amazed at Trump's tweets.

"I think he will hit his breaking point soon with this guy," said the Rosenstein associate, who asked not to be named.


#7 | Posted by Corky at 2017-06-17 11:27 AM | Reply

Hmmm. I'd say it's because he doesn't want to embarrass himself or end his carer looking into political BS that would make a chemtrails believer puke in disbelief.

Get a room, you two.

#8 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-06-17 11:42 PM | Reply

I see that Trump Disease is fatal to one's gray matter.

Trump is threatening everyone connected with the probe that he can, he and his people are calling them everything thing they can think of.... and his toadies just lap it up.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2017-06-18 12:37 AM | Reply

Laughable. Who did Trump threaten? It was Mueller that wanted Trump to fire Comey.

#10 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-06-18 12:46 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"looking into political BS"

So what's your theory as to why pretty much everyone connected with Trump has lied about connections with the Russians?

#11 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-06-18 12:51 AM | Reply

Meet DOJ's Rachel Brand: She'll Be A Russian Spy By Next Week



#12 | Posted by wj112358 at 2017-06-18 12:52 AM | Reply

I'm mining some rare pepes on this blockchain, so you'd better stay out.

#13 | Posted by wj112358 at 2017-06-18 01:07 AM | Reply

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