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 ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty 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 SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE and special counsel Robert Mueller.

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"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."