Trump Justice Department Nominee Pressed on Russia Probe
Mar 08 2017
If confirmed, Rosenstein would assume responsibility for any investigations involving the Trump campaign - including any ties between Trump and Russian Federation - after Sessions recused himself from such matters last week.
Rosenstein, appointed USA attorney by President George W. Bush and retained by President Barack Obama, offered little indication of his approach, saying he had not been briefed on the matter and wasn't prepared to commit to a course of action.
The Senate Judiciary Committee's questions unsurprisingly focused on Russian Federation, since the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged contacts with the Kremlin could fall to Rosenstein now that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself.
There's just one reason why Russia Ambassador Sergey Kislyak sought a meeting with then U.S. Sen.
It was a total coincidence that around the same time Sessions was meeting with the Russian ambassador, Trump gave an interview that ended up on Russian state-owned TV saying he didn't believe reports of Russian influence in the US election.
Later in the letter, Sessions admits he "spoke briefly" to Kislyak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July. But to the best of his knowledge, he said, "I don't recall any such meetings".
"I think the president of the United States should provide any evidence that he might have that would corroborate the charge of this seriousness", said Senator John McCain, R-Arizona.
"My answer was correct", Sessions wrote in his letter to Congress.
In contrast, he said: "I view it as a matter of principle that I should not be taking a position on this". That is not my intent. Al Franken's question about how Sessions would handle it if he found that someone on the Trump campaign had been in touch with Russian officials.
But saying he had been the member of a church group, he later added that "somehow the subject of Ukraine came up". The latest controversy surrounds Rosenstein's would-be boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
A one-sided shouting match broke out during a congressional hearing Tuesday, as Sen.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had two conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential campaign. Another group of Democrats called on Sessions to resign.
Democrats mostly peppered Rosenstein with questions about the ongoing investigation into allegations of Russian interference in last year's election.
"With these revelations, he may very well become the subject of it". "He doesn't make any decisions that either are or appear to be political", David Cole, who served as deputy attorney general under Obama, toldThe Guardian recently.
After this, it's clear Attorney General Sessions does not meet that test.
The poll by CNN/ORC finds that about two-thirds of Americans support that call, and 55 percent say they are at least somewhat concerned by reports that President Donald Trump's team communicated with the Russian government during the 2016 election.
"I've bent over backward not to say that he lied". Congress has options, including establishing a special congressional committee or an independent commission and naming a special prosecutor to conduct a probe of how Russian Federation attempted to sway the election results.
During a trip today, Trump insisted to reporters that he had "total confidence" in Sessions.
Voters are tired of manufactured non-scandals, personal attacks and leaks from Obama's White House holdovers.