Past Rosenstein Letter Hints Mueller Report Won’t Disparage Anyone Not Charged

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein listens during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Oversight on Capitol Hill December 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit... Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein listens during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Oversight on Capitol Hill December 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS

While furor builds over the impending release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may have offered some insights several months ago on what to expect from the document.

In a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in June, Rosenstein hinted there likely won’t be any harsh condemnations of those under investigation — including the President and his associates — unless they’ve been charged with a crime.

“Punishing wrongdoers through judicial proceedings is only one part of the Department’s mission,” Rosenstein wrote in June 2018. “We also have a duty to prevent the disclosure of information that would unfairly tarnish people who are not charged with crimes. … In fact, disclosing uncharged allegations against American citizens without a law-enforcement need is considered to be a violation of a prosecutor’s trust.”

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