Rod Rosenstein Offers 'Forceful Defense' Of 'Appropriate' Russia Probe

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to present his findings on the two core issues of the Trump-Russia probe, collusion and obstruction, "soon after the November midterm elections".

The entire probe may not wrap up but he's close to a decision on two issues: Whether there was collusions between Trump and Russian Federation, and whether the president took any actions that amounted to obstruction of justice.

The regulations governing Mueller's probe stipulate that he can present his findings only to his boss, who is now Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Speaking to the Journal, Rosenstein described the investigation, led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, as "appropriate and independent" and one that the public would have faith in.

The findings will cover whether President Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation, and whether Trump obstructed of justice, an anonymous U.S. official told Bloomberg.

Speculation suggests that President Trump is looking to fire and replace current Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russian Federation probe. Michael Cohen, the ex-Trump attorney who was convicted of bank fraud and tax evasion in a separate investigation by federal prosecutors, is reportedly also cooperating with Mueller, as is Trump organization CFO Allen Weisselburg.

Rosenstein told the Journal that "the president knows that I am prepared to do this job as long as he wants me to do this job", but he apparently declined to talk specifically about that allegation.

Mr. Trump has been a harsh critic of the Muller probe, referring to it as a "witch hunt" and "bogus" many times. However, he said in an interview with "60 Minutes" that he has "no intention" of shutting down the investigation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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