On Wednesday morning, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sat before the House Judiciary Committee in a hearing. During the proceedings, he faced tough questions about the people on special council Robert Mueller’s investigative team. Rosenstein also took a thorough tongue lashing from South Carolina’s Rep. Trey Gowdy.
Mueller’s team is investigating allegations that President Donald J. Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian agents, and whether Trump is guilty of obstructing justice in relation to the investigation of those allegations.
At least two members of Mueller’s investigative team, Peter Strzok and Andrew Weissmann, were found to have harbored a biased attitude against Trump, as was evidenced by text and email messages they’d sent.
At the hearing Wednesday, Gowdy was pointed in his remarks to Rosenstein as he highlighted the various problems with bias and coflict of interest that stem from Mueller’s team.
After listing a number of issues facing the country, Gowdy said, “When I go home to South Carolina this weekend, trust me when I tell you no one is going to ask me about any of those issues. They’re going to ask me what in the hell is going on with the Department of Justice and the FBI.”
Gowdy reminded Rosenstein, “The reason we have special council is because of a conflict of interest” and that “we don’t like conflicts of interest because it undercuts people’s confidence in both the process and the result.”
Gowdy then stated that the special council, who is “supposed to make sure there are no conflicts of interest,” appear to “have a few of their own.”
Gowdy named a number of conflicts of interest which have come to his attention, including the fact that “a senior prosecutor sent obsequious emails” to someone who may turn out to be the “most important fact witness” in an obstruction case. Gowdy also referenced messages sent by Strzok, which disparaged President Trump, the presidents family and citizens that support the president.
Rosenstein said that he, Mueller and Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Chris Wray are accountable, and that they will ensure that there is no bias reflected in the actions they take, within their jurisdiction.
You may hear Gowdy’s comments in the video below.
.@TGowdySC: “When I go home to South Carolina this weekend, trust me when I tell you no one is going to ask me about any of those issues. They’re going to ask me what in the hell is going on with the Department of Justice and the FBI.” pic.twitter.com/T3Ut93h6Y7
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 13, 2017
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