Gowdy: Trump should not fire Rosenstein

Gowdy: Trump should not fire Rosenstein
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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyTrey GowdyTrey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows Pompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy MORE (R-S.C.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday 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 should not fire 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, 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.”

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“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 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 matter.