Attorney General Jeff Sessions is warning that additional fallout from the FBI’s internal investigations into the Trump campaign may soon lead to additional terminations. At the same time, Sessions has defended the agency’s top deputy, Rod Rosenstein, against claims that he has engaged in at least one conflict of interest.
Talking to The Hill’s ‘Rising’ morning show, Sessions says the “release of a Justice Department inspector general report on missteps during ex-FBI Director James Comey’s era will better help the agency equip itself for future operations.
“If anyone else shows up in this report to have done something that requires termination we will do so,” he told ‘Rising.’
When asked about conservative attacks against Rosenstein, Sessions admits he authorized Rosenstein to remain in charge of the probe. Republicans in Congress and TV pundits have argued that Rosenstein engaged in a conflict of interest because Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump’s firing of Comey as a possible act of obstruction.
Sessions said Rosenstein playing a part in Comey’s termination is not a conflict of interest because he was asked to remain in charge following that move.
“That decision really fell to me, ultimately on the Comey matter. And that’s not a disqualifying thing.”
“The recommendations we made on the dismissal of Comey resulted from his handling of certain cases that were laid out in his (Rosenstein’s) recommendation to me or his analysis to me and my recommendation to President Trump.”
You can watch Sessions’ full interview HERE.
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