Hopes were high after it was announced that special counsel had been appointed to handle the Russia investigation. But after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein briefed the House on Friday, Democrats are less than impressed.
According to Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), Rosenstein refused to answer even “simple yes-and-no questions,” which does not exactly inspire confidence in his ability to handle the investigation.
The skepticism persists,” said Sánchez, who serves as vice chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus.
“We got a lot of, ‘Trust us, we’ve got integrity, we’re straight shooters, we don’t have ulterior motives.’ I mean, it’s basically, ‘Trust us,’ ” she said. “And I’m operating under [the approach of], ‘OK, trust but verify.’ We need the … factual information.
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) was clearly furious and said the “useless” briefing only made Congress trust the Justice Department even less than before. “He caused more confusion and anger among members of Congress,” Gallego said.
After Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Rosenstein made the decision this week to appoint Former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to handle the investigation. Mueller is charged with investigating whether or not Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Despite hopes that this might be the saving grace of our nation, frustrations are now running high.
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) was also troubled by Rosenstein’s briefing. “There was considerable frustration in the room,” he said. “This renewed my confidence that we should not have confidence in this administration.”
He refused to answer a lot of questions,” said Moulton. “There’s definitely concern about the control of the administration and whether or not Mueller has the authority that he truly needs.
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, agreed with his colleagues. “I just don’t think he was prepared to talk about much,” he said. “He didn’t do anything to satisfy anybody in that regard.”
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