Rod Rosenstein: Justice Department is 'not going to be extorted'


"There have been people making threats privately and publicly against me for quite some time", Mr. Rosenstein said. "The Justice Department is independent of inappropriate political considerations".

The so-called House Freedom Caucus this week leaked a draft resolution that said Rosenstein should be impeached for not promptly responding to their requests for documents on FBI investigations.

At the event, Rosenstein spoke generally about how a special counsel operates, saying that a special counsel is "accountable" to the attorney general.

"There's a lot of talk about FISA application and numerous people I see talking about it seem not to recognize what it is".

Despite his typically administrative and low-profile position, Rosenstein, a Republican, has found himself the target of ire from the President and conservative groups. He has worked to meet the demands of lawmakers, recently letting them review an nearly completely unredacted F.B.I. memo on the opening of a still-active investigation of the Trump campaign, a highly unusual step. "And that's what we mean when we talk about the independence of the Justice Department".

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House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes earlier this year threatened to hold Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt, and even possibly proceed to impeachment proceedings, if members weren't given access to a document related to the Russian Federation investigation.

He said some of his predecessors had refused to turn over Federal Bureau of Investigation documents at all, though the courts had in past disputes instructed the two sides to "try to compromise". But he said the DOJ's work would not be affected by threats.

Rosenstein commented on the draft, joking that the Hill "can't even resist leaking their own drafts". "When the issue arose, someone in the department reached a legal conclusion, and that's what it is". They're upset with Rosenstein for not giving them documents related to things like FISA warrants for Trump campaign aide Carter Page and the Hillary Clinton email server investigation. The move comes in contrast to the approach of GOP congressional leaders, who believe that Rosenstein and Mueller should be allowed to complete the investigation.

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"So, there's no right answer to that question", Rosenstein told the crowd, gathered for a Law Day commemoration. "My father pronounces it 'stine.' That's how I pronounce it".