Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Rosenstein: Mueller Probe Is 'Appropriate,' 'Independent'

Rosenstein: Mueller Probe Is 'Appropriate,' 'Independent'

Though Rosenstein's relationship with Trump has been fraught amid the ongoing Mueller probe, Trump has declared he is not aiming to fire Rosenstein - though he is expected to make changes at the Justice Department after next month's midterm elections, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions' departure widely anticipated, the Journal noted.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is gearing up to announce the Russian Federation probe's key findings, per a Bloomberg report.

Rosenstein told the Journal the investigation has already exposed Russian attempts to infiltrate the presidential election.

He denied all of it and eventually met with President Donald Trump on Air Force One.

So if you want to see what Mueller has uncovered after the midterms, you kind of have to vote for a party in Congress that takes the Russian Federation investigation seriously and will publicize its findings and back up Mueller's work with their own public hearings.

Despite the costly nature of the investigation, Rosenstein believes the public will have faith in its findings.

Four former Trump campaign associates - Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates and George Papadopoulos - have been charged so far.

On Wednesday, Rosenstein said that Trump has actually been "supportive", despite the fact that president often calls the Mueller investigation a "rigged witch hunt".

"I committed I would ensure the investigation was appropriate and independent and reached the right result, whatever it may be", he said, referring to comments he made during his confirmation hearing, the Journal reported. Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, however, that the special counsel was planning to issue key findings "soon after" the November vote.

Over the course of the probe, which began a year ago, Mueller and his team have looked for evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, as well as possible collusion or obstruction of justice on Trump's part.

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