Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended his oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe in an interview with the Wall Street Journal Wednesday, saying that “people are entitled to be frustrated,” but that, “at the end of the day, the public will have confidence that the cases we brought were warranted by the evidence and that it was an appropriate use of resources.”
“I have a solemn responsibility to make sure that cases like that [Russian election interference] are pursued and prosecuted, and I’m pleased the president has been supportive of that,” Rosenstein told the Journal.
Rosenstein said he’d been “faithful” to his confirmation hearing commitment to, in his words Wednesday, “ensure the investigation was appropriate and independent and reached the right result, whatever it may be.”
He refused, the Journal said, to discuss reports (ones he’s denied in the past) that he at one point brought up the 25th Amendment and the possibility that he could record the President secretly.
“The president knows that I am prepared to do this job as long as he wants me to do this job,” he said, a nod to reports last month indicating he expected to be out of a job soon. “You serve at the pleasure of the president, and there’s never been any ambiguity about that in my mind.”