Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said Monday that if reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will soon resign or be fired are true, it could put special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference “at risk.”
Reports emerged Monday morning that Rosenstein, who is overseeing the probe into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, is expected to depart the Justice Department, though it’s unclear if he will resign or be fired.
"If the rumors of Deputy AG's Rosenstein's departure are true, I am deeply concerned that it puts that investigation at risk," McCabe said in a statement, according to The Hill.
"There is nothing more important to the integrity of law enforcement and the rule of law than protecting the investigation of special counsel Mueller," McCabe continued. "I sacrificed personally and professionally to help put the investigation on a proper course and subsequently made every effort to protect it."
Memos written by McCabe and recently obtained by the New York Times say that Rosenstein suggested secretly recording his conversations with Trump, and floated the idea of invoking the 25th amendment to remove the president from power. Rosenstein denied the report as “inaccurate and factually incorrect,” and McCabe denied giving “information of any kind of the media.”
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