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Rosenstein 1st Witness in Russia Probe 05/28 06:44

   Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will testify next week at a 
Senate committee hearing on the Justice Department's Russia investigation, the 
committee chairman said Wednesday.

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will 
testify next week at a Senate committee hearing on the Justice Department's 
Russia investigation, the committee chairman said Wednesday.

   The session Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee is the first in 
a series of planned oversight hearings focused on the investigation into ties 
between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

   The hearings are part of a broader effort by allies of President Donald 
Trump to call into question decisions and actions made during the Russia 
investigation.

   The Justice Department has undertaken multiple reviews of the Russia probe, 
and the Trump administration has recently declassified material with an 
apparent goal of placing Obama administration officials under scrutiny.

   Rosenstein is a pivotal figure in the Russia investigation.

   He appointed Robert Mueller in May 2017 as special counsel to investigate 
potential ties between Russia and Trump's campaign, and oversaw much of 
Mueller's work. In his first months on the job, Rosenstein also signed off on 
renewing the FBI's applications to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter 
Page.

   Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded in a 
December report that the investigation, which started in July 2016 during the 
Obama administration, was opened for a legitimate basis. But he also identified 
serious mistakes and omissions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act 
applications that targeted Page.

   Graham said Rosenstein would testify about "the new revelations contained in 
the Horowitz report concerning the FISA warrant applications and other matters."

   In a statement, Rosenstein said he was grateful for the opportunity to 
testify "about information that has come to light" related to the FISA process 
and the FBI's counterintelligence decision-making.

   "During my three decades of service in law enforcement, I learned firsthand 
that most local, state, and federal law enforcement officers deserve the high 
confidence people place in them, but also that even the best law enforcement 
officers make mistakes, and that some engage in willful misconduct," he said.

   He added: "Independent law enforcement investigations, judicial review, and 
congressional oversight are important checks on the discretion of agents and 
prosecutors. We can only hope to maintain public confidence if we correct 
mistakes, hold wrongdoers accountable, and adopt policies to prevent problems 
from recurring."

 
 
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