Dems Furious After Rosenstein Briefing

Democrats are reportedly furious at deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein after a classified, closed-door meeting on Friday.

The meeting was held to update members of the House of Representatives on the probe into the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia, and to reassure members of the House that the newly-appointed special counsel has all the tools he needs at his disposal. Many Democrats clearly weren’t swayed by Rosenstein’s remarks.

“We Should Not Have Confidence in This Administration”

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) spoke to the core of the Democratic representatives’ issues with the briefing. After the meeting, he told reporters, “There was considerable frustration in the room. This renewed my confidence that we should not have confidence in this administration.”

Moulton went on, “[Rosenstein] refused to answer a lot of questions. There’s definitely concern about the control of the administration and whether or not Mueller has the authority that he truly needs.”

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Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, added, “I just don’t think he was prepared to talk about much. He didn’t do anything to satisfy anybody in that regard.”

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) appeared to be even more angry about Rosenstein’s briefing. He called the meeting “useless,” and implied it only served to escalate tensions between House Democrats and the FBI. Gallego said, “He caused more confusion and anger among members of Congress.”

“The skepticism persists,” said Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA), vice chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus.

“We got a lot of, ‘Trust us, we’ve got integrity, we’re straight shooters, we don’t have ulterior motives.’ I mean, it’s basically, ‘Trust us,’” she said. “And I’m operating under [the guideline], ‘OK, trust but verify.’ We need… factual information.”

Republicans Left Satisfied

Republican lawmakers had a decidedly different take on the meeting. They appeared to be reassured by Rosenstein’s promises, and trust the administration not to interfere with the special counsel.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said, “What I learned, and I’m very satisfied with, is the special prosecutor will have the breadth of scope necessary to follow all leads — directly and tangentially.”


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