Gowdy: Trump should not fire Rosenstein

Gowdy: Trump should not fire Rosenstein
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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyRelease of Carter Page surveillance documents reignites debate Gowdy blasts Justice Department for failing to disclose dossier funding sources Gowdy: Trump 'missed a good opportunity' to stand up to Putin MORE (R-S.C.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump warns Iran's Rouhani: Threaten us 'and you will suffer' Pompeo: Iran's leaders resemble the mafia NYT's Haberman: Trump 'often tells the truth' MORE should not fire Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinCarter Page warrant reflects attack on our civil liberties Hillicon Valley: Trump's Russia moves demoralize his team | Congress drops effort to block ZTE deal | Rosenstein warns of foreign influence threat | AT&T's latest 5G plans The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia MORE, saying the deputy attorney general has had a “stellar career.”

"If the president makes any move to dismiss him — he failed to express confidence in him the other day — would that concern you?” Margaret Brennan asked Gowdy on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“It would,” said Gowdy, who announced his retirement last week. “Again, I'm not in the Senate. I don't have advice and consent. And the president has not sought my counsel on this.”

“But you don't think he should be fired based on what you've seen?” Brennan asked.

“I don’t,” Gowdy, a former prosecutor, said.

"I think it is fair to ask the deputy attorney general what did you know at the time you signed one of the applications. I think it is fair to ask what [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] reforms are you going to implement to make sure we don't have this fact pattern come up again," he added.

"I don't judge people based on a single decision that they make throughout the course of an otherwise really stellar career.”

Trump on Friday declined to say whether he would fire Rosenstein after the release of a controversial memo alleging surveillance abuses by FBI and Justice Department officials.

"You figure that one out," Trump said when asked by a reporter whether he planned to fire Rosenstein.

The memo, released Friday, accuses FBI and Department of Justice officials of misusing their authority to obtain a secret surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser.

Rosenstein, according to the memo, signed off on at least one application to renew the surveillance warrant.

Rosenstein became the deputy attorney general last April. He took over responsibility for overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump ramps up scrutiny of legal immigrants Data confirm that marijuana decriminalization is long overdue The FIRST STEP Act sets up a dangerous future MORE recused himself from the matter.