Tea Party group launches attack ad against Rosenstein

A Tea Party group on Friday announced the launch of an attack ad against Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE, urging him to “do his job, or resign” following the release of a controversial GOP memo alleging surveillance abuse at the Department of Justice.

Tea Party Patriots Action uploaded the ad to YouTube hours after the House Intelligence Committee memo was released publicly, sparking speculation that President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE may move to fire Rosenstein. 

The ad’s narrator describes Rosenstein as “a weak careerist at the Justice Department protecting liberal Obama holdovers and the deep state instead of following the rule of law.”

“His incompetence and abuse of power have undermined congressional investigations, led to stonewalling and tarnished the credibility of the Department of Justice,” the narrator continues. “Time for him to stand up for the rule of law and stand up for the American people. It’s time for Rod Rosenstein to do his job, or resign.”

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The controversial memo alleges that Rosenstein and other top Justice Department officials improperly used a piece of opposition research to obtain surveillance warrants against Trump campaign members. FBI officials strongly advised against publishing the memo, saying that it omits important context.

After Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases MORE recused himself from the probe into Russia's election meddling, Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE to lead the investigation. Rosenstein oversees the probe, and critics fear firing him would clear the path for Trump to target Mueller next.

Trump on Friday indicated that he does not have confidence in Rosenstein, telling reporters, “you figure that one out,” when asked.

But other Republicans, including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Lawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection Tucker Carlson claims NSA leaked private emails to journalists MORE (R-Calif.), have defended the deputy attorney general following the memo's release. 

“I like him personally and I think he can fix the problems at [the Justice Department].” Nunes, whose staffers compiled the report, told “Special Report” host Bret Baier on Fox News.

The ad will begin running online on Sunday and on television the following day, according to a release from Tea Party Patriots Action.