Deputy Attorney General, President Trump, Russia discussed on News and Perspective with Herb Weisbaum

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That's correct so isn't it true that the russian investigation did not factor injured the your recommendation to fire director colmey that is correct the the memorandum written by the deputy attorney general your letter to the president fording that recommendation didn't mention russia at all is that your recollection that is correct so let's review what the basis was of deputy attorney general rosenstein recommendation he wrote in his memo on may the nike said i cannot defend the directors handling of the conclusion of the investigation of secretary clinton's emails and i do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken and of course he's talking about director colmey he went on to say the director that was director call me at the time was wrong to usurp the attorney general's thority on july the v two thousand sixteen you'll recall that was the date of the press conference he held he went on to say that the fbi director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assumed command of the justice department finally he said compounding the error the directorate nord another longstanding principle but we do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a decline criminal investigation in fact there is written policy from the department of justice's they're not entitled electionyear sensitivities are you familiar with the with the prohibition of the justice department of making announcements or taking other actions would interfere with the normal elections i am genuinely familiar with that the hold them memoranda after ma time in the department will let me let me read always been rose about it though or let me read the a just an excerpt from a memo from the attorney general march night's two thousand twelve entitled electionyear sensitivities says law enforcement officers and prosecutors may never select the timing of investigators steps were criminal charges for the purpose of the fact being any election or for the purpose of giving an advantage or disadvantage to any candidate or political party such a purposes inconsistent.

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