Senate Democrats are plotting to put a larger roadblock in the path of Jeff Sessions, by aiming to block President Trump’s deputy attorney general nominee, Rod Rosenstein.
In an ongoing investigation by the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) into whether the Trump campaign members influenced the November election by coordinating with the Russian government, Sessions was asked in his January confirmation hearing if he had met with any Russian government officials as a member of the Trump campaign.
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Sessions denied meeting with Russian officials as a member of the campaign and recused himself from the Russia investigation over concerns he had met with Russia’s ambassador two times prior to the election in his role as senator.
Rod Rosenstein, who was appointed by President Trump on Jan. 31 to be the deputy attorney general, is set to take on more responsibilities once he is confirmed this week.
However, Rosenstein’s appointment and Sessions’ recusal are not satisfying some Democrats. Now, Democrats are threatening to stop Rosenstein’s confirmation if he does not appoint a special prosecutor to investigate any Trump campaign ties to Russia.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is leading the charge, stating via Twitter on Sunday, “I’ll use every possible tool to block DOJ Deputy AG nominee unless he commits to appoint independent special prosecutor.”
I’ll use every possible tool to block DOJ Deputy AG nominee unless he commits to appoint independent special prosecutor
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) March 5, 2017
Although Blumenthal aims to block Rosenstein’s confirmation, several Republicans would be required to break from the Party and vote against the nominee in order to stop his confirmation.
H/T: The Daily Caller
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