Rod Rosenstein in the Mueller Report - 30 Mentions

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THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S INVESTIGATION On May 17, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod J.

Rosenstein—then serving as Acting Attorney General for the Russia investigation following the recusal

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Comey’s status and suggested that White House Counsel’s Office attorneys should talk with Sessions and Rod

Rosenstein, who had recently been confirmed as the Deputy Attorney General.“ McGahn said that previously

scheduled meetings with Sessions and Rosenstein that day would be an opportunity to find out what they

thought about firing Comey.420 At noon, Sessions, Rosenstein, and Hunt met with McGahn and White House

Because of the Attorney General’s recusal, Rosenstein became the Acting Attorney General for the Russia

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termination.456 The President asked what he should do.“7 Christie asked, “Did you fire [Comey] because of What Rod

“8 Christie said that the President should “get Rod out there” and have him defend the decision.459 The

President told Christie that this was a “good idea” and said he was going to call Rosenstein right away

62 The President then called Rosenstein directly and said he was watching Fox News, that the coverage

had been great, and that he wanted Rosenstein to do a press conference.463 Rosenstein responded that

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the FBI Director position, and an asserted personal relationship he had with Comey.558 That same day, Rosenstein

Transcripts, at 14) (testimony by Rod Ros-enstein, Deputy Attorney General). 83

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Department of Justice, McGahn recalled that the President was more direct, saying something like, “Call Rod

, tell Rod that Mueller has conflicts and can’t be the Special Counsel.”581 McGahn recalled the President

it.”582 McGahn understood the President to be saying that the Special Counsel had to be removed by Rosenstein

conversation with the President, McGahn left the President with the impression that McGahn would call Rosenstein

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however, supports the conclusion that the President went further and in fact directed McGahn to call Rosenstein

First, McGahn’s clear recollection was that the President directed him to tell Rosenstein not only that

Accordingly, the President had no reason to have McGahn call Rosenstein that weekend to raise conflicts

You gotta call Rod.”

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814 McGahn responded, “What you said is, ‘Call Rod [Rosenstein], tell Rod that Mueller has conflicts and

“I never said that.”316 The President said he merely wanted McGahn to raise the conflicts issue with Rosenstein

McGahn told the President he did not understand the conversation that way and instead had heard, “Call Rod

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Department of Justice WWHWW Prikhodko, Sergei Prince, Erik Raffel, Josh Rasin, Alexei Rogers, Michael Rosenstein

, Rod Rozov, Andrei Rtskhiladze, Giorgi Ruddy, Christopher Rybieki, James Samochornov, Anatoli Sanders

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See August 2, 2017 Memorandum from Rod J. Rosenstein to Robert S. Mueller, III.

20, 2017 Memorandum from Associate Deputy Attorney General Scott Schools to Deputy Attorney General Rod

Rosenstein.

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See August 2, 2017 Memorandum from Rod J. Rosenstein to Robert S. Mueller, III.

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