The Rosenstein Question

US President Donald Trump speaks with Rod Rosenstein (R), US Deputy Attorney General, during a roundtable discussion on immigration at Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage, New York, May 23, 2018. (Photo by ... US President Donald Trump speaks with Rod Rosenstein (R), US Deputy Attorney General, during a roundtable discussion on immigration at Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage, New York, May 23, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 17, 2018 10:22 am
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The more you read this Bloomberg report on the Mueller probe, the more questions it raises. Mueller may be prepping a report of some sort soon after the midterms. But he’s also not close to being done with the probe. The biggest news, as far as I can see, is the hint that Rod Rosenstein is losing patience with the probe and is pressuring Mueller to wrap it up.

Here’s the paragraph in question.

Rosenstein has made it clear that he wants Mueller to wrap up the investigation as expeditiously as possible, another U.S. official said. The officials gave no indications about the details of Mueller’s conclusions. Mueller’s office declined to comment for this story.

It’s certainly not a terribly detailed report. But we should not ignore the context around it – which comes soon after Rosenstein was apparently on the verge of being fired and then seemingly repaired his relationship with Trump. It also comes in the context of escalating signs that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be fired soon after the November election. Rosenstein may be too; or maybe that is hanging in the balance. Remember that the right-wing House Republicans who were threatening Rosenstein’s impeachment almost daily have gone quiet.

There’s not a lot here to go on. But we should watch this closely.

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