Rosenstein says Mueller probe is 'appropriate' and 'independent'

Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves a meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington

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Several Judiciary and Oversight members thought Rosenstein was going to appear before the panels October 11, but the date was never officially agreed to as Rosenstein allegedly did not want to sit for a transcribed interview before the full committees but offered to do a briefing instead.

On Thursday, lawmakers' frustration over the deputy attorney general's failure to appear reached a boiling point. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus will be left out of the meeting.

Bloomberg notes that Mueller's findings may not be made public "if he doesn't secure unsealed indictments", as Rosenstein has some discretion to decide what is publicly released and what is disclosed to Congress. "We need to get to the bottom of these very serious claims". "As far as timing, the investigation is obviously ongoing, and I'd expect it to continue well after the midterms", the source said. Rosenstein staunchly denied this.

However, former FBI General Counsel James A. Baker told congressional investigators during a closed-door deposition earlier this month that two senior FBI officials at the time told him they believed Rosenstein was "serious".

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The "wire" controversy fueled speculation weeks ago that the deputy attorney general might be fired or quit.

President Donald Trump appointed Rosenstein soon after entering the Oval Office, but their relationship has been stormy ever since.

"Basic operational questions about Robert Mueller's administration of the special counsel investigation", Fitton said, adding he would also ask Mueller about the length of the probe and why he's "targeting" President Trump despite a lack of evidence of any Russian collusion.

"It was interesting that yesterday, Rod Rosenstein has time to sit down with the Wall Street Journal, do a big, long interview, where he said the Mueller investigation is appropriate and moving in the right direction", Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said Thursday, according to the Washington Examiner.

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