Things haven’t changed one bit with the Robert Mueller Special Counsel operation…
Rod Rosenstein is STILL Mueller’s immediate boss and it appears that Matt Whitaker hasn’t stuck his head into the existing operation….William Barr is Trump’s choice to succeed Whitaker as Attorney General and he has been critical of the Mueller probes in the past , as Whitaker has…But both guys actions , actually in office, will be looked at under a microscope by lawmakers and the media….
Whitaker has just got an ok to be able to be briefed into the Trump investigations….
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Thursday that a memo critical of the ongoing Russia investigation written by President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next attorney general had no impact on the ongoing probe.
The memo, written last summer by attorney general nominee William Barr, was sharply critical of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into allegations of collusion between the Russian government and the 2016 Trump campaign. But Rosenstein said Barr’s past memo would have no impact on Mueller’s probe.
“The memo that you made reference to reflects Mr. Barr’s personal opinion,” Rosenstein said during a press conference on Thursday after announcing criminal charges for Chinese hackers. “Lots of people offer opinions to the Department of Justice, but they don’t influence our own decision making.”
Barr, who served as Attorney General under George H.W. Bush, submitted the memo on June 8 to Rosenstein and Assistant Attorney General Steve Engel, months before he was nominated to return to his former position atop the Justice Department.
According to the memo, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, Barr expressed concern on Muller’s probe widening to include possible obstruction of justice by the president….
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