Rosen­stein de­nies ‘fish­ing ex­pe­di­tion’

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Va­lerie Richard­son

Deputy At­tor­ney Gen­eral Rod Rosen­stein on Sun­day de­nied that the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion spe­cial coun­sel’s probe has turned into “fish­ing ex­pe­di­tion” aimed at dig­ging up dirt on Pres­i­dent Trump.

“The spe­cial coun­sel is sub­ject to the rules and reg­u­la­tions of the Depart­ment of Jus­tice, and we don’t en­gage in fish­ing ex­pe­di­tions,” Mr. Rosen­stein said on “Fox News Sun­day.”

In his first Sun­day show in­ter­view, Mr. Rosen­stein added that spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller “un­der­stands and I un­der­stand the spe­cific scope of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and so, it’s not a fish­ing ex­pe­di­tion.”

Mr. Rosen­stein’s com­ments come amid re­ports cit­ing un­named sources that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has ex­panded into Mr. Trump’s fi­nances un­re­lated to pos­si­ble Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in last year’s elec­tion.

Mr. Rosen­stein played down the re­ports: “That’s not any­thing that I’ve said. That’s not any­thing Di­rec­tor Mueller has said. We don’t know who’s say­ing it or how cred­i­ble those sources are.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vouched for Mr. Mueller, say­ing the spe­cial coun­sel is “a good man,” but warned that such in­ves­ti­ga­tors “at times his­tor­i­cally have felt the need to pro­duce some­thing in re­turn for their ap­point­ment.”

“And so you’re al­ways con­cerned about that,” Mr. Christie, a Repub­li­can, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “In the end, though, Bob Mueller is a good man, in my ex­pe­ri­ence with deal­ing with him when he was di­rec­tor of the FBI and I was U.S. at­tor­ney. And I trust that he will be very care­ful to try not to go on a fish­ing ex­pe­di­tion.”

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