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 ClintonSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants 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 SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war McCabe book: Sessions once said FBI was better off when it 'only hired Irishmen' 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."