House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Monday criticized comments from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who said earlier in the day — without citing special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe specifically — that “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.”
“This double standard won’t cut it,” Schiff, who’s threatened to subpoena Mueller’s final report, said.
Rosenstein’s comments could mean he believes the special counsel’s report ought not be made public if Mueller determines Trump should not be charged with a crime.
However, in 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey publicly discussed Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while simultaneously recommending against criminal charges for Clinton.
Schiff appeared to refer to Comey’s actions on Monday in light of Rosenstein’s comments.
This double standard won’t cut it.
For two years, I sounded the alarm about DOJ’s deviation from just that principle as it turned over hundreds of thousands of pages in closed or ongoing investigations. I warned that DOJ would need to live by this precedent.
And it will. https://t.co/tN20sxgE67
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 25, 2019