Rosenstein: Trump did not direct feds to investigate Clinton

Rosenstein: Trump did not direct feds to investigate Clinton
© Greg Nash

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a Sunday interview said President Trump has not directed the Justice Department to “investigate particular people.” 

During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace asked Rosenstein if he viewed Trump’s recent comment that prosecutors should be probing Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHouse Judiciary Committee subpoenas FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts Clapper: Trump was serious when he said he wants citizens to act like North Koreans do for Kim Hillary Clinton: Fundamental rights are 'under assault like never before' MORE’s deleted emails as an order.

Trump tweeted about the need for more investigation last Saturday, directing his comments toward Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump administration creating family reunification task force: report Mexican airline pledges to reunite immigrant families separated by Trump policy for free Jennifer Lopez sounds off on Trump immigration policy MORE and special counsel Robert Mueller.

"No, Chris. I view what the president says publicly as something he said publicly,” Rosenstein responded.

“If the president wants to give orders to us in the department, he gives that to us privately. And then if we have any feedback, we provide it to him," he continued.

Wallace pressed the issue, asking if Rosenstein would say if the president has given the Justice Department an order to investigate a specific matter.

“I won’t, Chris,” Rosenstein said. “But I can tell you the president has not directed us to investigate particular people. That wouldn't be right. That's not the way we operate."