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Friday, 19 May 2017 08:14

Rosenstein Leaves House Members Frustrated by Lack of Detail


WASHINGTON — Frustrated House members emerged from a briefing on Friday with Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, with few fresh insights into the firing of James B. Comey as F.B.I.

director and with new doubts about the trajectory of the investigations into Russian election meddling.

Representative Seth Moulton, Democrat of Massachusetts, said there was “considerable frustration” among lawmakers as Mr. Rosenstein declined to answer many questions about the events leading to the abrupt termination of Mr. Comey last week.

“This renewed my confidence that we should not have confidence in this administration,” Mr. Moulton said. Asked whether that included Mr. Rosenstein, he said, “I don’t think he did a lot to bolster our confidence in him.”

Mr. Rosenstein also offered little clarity about how the congressional inquiries — which, like the F.B.I. investigation now led by a special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, are examining the possibility of collusion between President Trump’s associates and Russian officials — would remain separate. The fact that Mr. Mueller’s inquiry is focused on possible crimes is almost certain to limit the cooperation of potential subjects of the investigation who might otherwise testify before Congress or share documents.

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