WASHINGTON — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein still sees no reason for an independent special prosecutor to investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, CNN reported Friday.
Rosenstein, who has the power to name a special prosecutor, won’t likely change his mind unless he believes the FBI probe into Trump-Russia ties is at risk, according to CNN. He sees no reason to recuse himself from overseeing Justice Department work on the investigation, the network reported, citing people familiar with Rosenstein’s thinking.
Democrats’ demands for an independent probe have intensified in the wake of President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading the bureau’s investigation of Russia’s attempt to influence the presidential election and whether Trump’s campaign colluded in the effort.
Those cries grew louder after Trump’s admission Thursday that the FBI’s Russian probe factored into his decision to fire Comey, and his Twitter threat that Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Friday that for Rosenstein to “preserve his reputation,” he must appoint a special prosector to pursue criminal charges, or resign. Rosenstein has been on the job a little more than two weeks. Read full story here