Citing "rock-ribbed integrity," a commitment to the rule of law, and an "impeccable record," Americans "should have complete confidence in [Deputy Attorney General] Rod" Rosenstein, according to Ken Starr.
"Rod has just rock-ribbed integrity," Starr told the Brookings Institution conference, Politico reported. "He is completely committed to the rule of law. He turns square corners. He will call them as he sees them."
Americans "should have complete confidence in Rod given his impeccable record," Starr added, per Politico.
Starr led the independent counsel who investigated former President Bill Clinton and added Rosenstein to that team, giving Starr both experience and a relationship with the man who appointed and now directs Robert Mueller's investigation into 2016 election meddling, Russian influence, and any Trump campaign involvement.
Rosenstein has been under fire recently amid reports he has talked, perhaps in a joking manner, about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump on grounds of being mentally or physically unfit. Rosenstein reportedly also talked about sneaking a recording device into the White House to tape the president without his knowledge.
Rosenstein was to meet with President Trump last week, but those meetings have been pushed back multiple times, while the president has publicly stated he would prefer to stick with Rosenstein as deputy under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the Mueller investigation.
Talk of Rosenstein submitting his resignation or being fired has cooled some, and Starr maintains Rosenstein is a man who would resign if he had issue with White House policies instead of undermining the president.
As for the Mueller investigation, Starr reportedly expects two reports to be submitted: One an "executive summary" for Congress and another for Rosenstein, who will determine what exactly will be shared with lawmakers, who will then determine what is released publicly.
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