VIDEO: Rep. Deutch Defends Mueller Investigation from Republican Attacks
On Wednesday, December 13, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), a senior member of the committee, refuted Republican attacks to discredit and undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
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Congressman Ted Deutch: I’d like to quote some of my colleagues from this committee. One of them said that the special counsel’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign assisted in its effort to interfere in the election is actually an attempt to overthrow the government of the United States. Do you believe that, Mr. Rosenstein?
DAG Rod Rosenstein: No
TD: He said, “…we are at risk of coup d’etat in this country if we allow an unaccountable person...” Is the special counsel unaccountable here?
RR: No, he is not unaccountable.
TD: He went on to say, “…with no oversight...” Is there no oversight at all with the special counsel?
RR: There is oversight.
TD: And then he went on to say that “if we allow an unaccountable person with no oversight to undermine the duly-elected President of the United States.” Is pursuing the rule of law “undermining the duly-elected President of the United States,” Mr. Rosenstein?
RR: No, it is not.
TD: One of my other colleagues said, “we’ve got to clean this town up.” He talked about firing Mueller. One of our former colleagues of this Committee accused Mueller of having a vendetta against President Trump because he fired James Comey. Mr. Rosenstein, do you believe that he has a “vendetta” against the President?
RR: No, I do not.
TD: I would just conclude that this little walk through, this one year in American history, makes it impossible to understand how it is that my colleagues on the other side continue to launch attacks not only against reporters, against the FBI, against the special counsel, but they do so to throw dirt on the story, to make it try to go away. They may want to bury their heads in the sand but Mr. Chairman, I want to make clear, that they will not bury the rule of law in the United States of America. I yield back.