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 Jay RosensteinMueller’s real challenge Graham vows to push Trump’s AG pick through Judiciary Committee House GOP set to grill Comey 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 John TrumpProsecutors investigating Trump inaugural fund, pro-Trump super PAC for possible illegal foreign donations: NY Times George Conway: Why take Trump's word over prosecutors' if he 'lies about virtually everything' Federal judge says lawsuit over Trump travel ban waivers will proceed 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 SessionsChief Justice of California Supreme Court leaves GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation Trump attorney general pick a prolific donor to GOP candidates, groups: report Press: Mueller closes in on Trump MORE recused himself from the probe into Russia's election meddling, Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 NunesComey’s confession: dossier not verified before, or after, FISA warrant GOP struggles to find right Republican for Rules FBI email chain may provide most damning evidence of FISA abuses yet 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.