Rosenstein Praises Trump’s ‘Superb Appointment’ of Bill Barr, Says AG Will ‘Do the Right Thing’ on Mueller Investigation


Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein––expected to depart the DOJ next month––made a public appearance today at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event and briefly addressed both the Robert Mueller investigation and Attorney General Bill Barr.

He said of Barr, “We are very grateful, very fortunate to have him back, and I think that is yet another example of a superb appointment that President Trump has made, which I believe does demonstrate a commitment to the rule of law.”

At one point, when talking about the decision Barr will have to make with respect to the Mueller report, Rosenstein expressed confidence in the AG:

“I think Attorney General Barr is going to make the right decision. We can trust him to do that. He has a lot of experience with this… I think we can count on him to do the right thing.”

Rosenstein also talked about transparency and how the DOJ should proceed with “appropriate sensitivity to the rights of uncharged people”:

“When we charge somebody with a violation, we need to be prepared to prove it by evidence beyond any reasonable doubt. And the guidance I always gave my prosecutors, the agents I worked with during my tenure on the frontlines in law enforcement were if we aren’t prepared to prove our case beyond a reasonable doubt in court, then we have no business making allegations against American citizens.”

You can watch clips above, via C-SPAN.

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