Rod Rosenstein Says He Has Been Privately Threatened as Republicans Draft Articles of Impeachment
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein revealed Tuesday at an event at Washington, D.C.'s Newseum that he has been privately "threatened," a troubling indication of the level of threat the rule of law faces under President Donald Trump's administration.
He made the remarks when he was asked about recently leaked efforts to draft impeachment documents against him by congressional Republicans.
"I don't have anything to say about documents like that that nobody has the courage to put their name on," he said. "There have been making people who have been making threats, privately and publicly, against me for quite some time. And I think they should understand by now: The Department of Justice is not going to be extorted. We're going to do what's required by the rule of law. And any kind of threats that anybody makes are not going to affect the way we do our job."
Rosenstein did not say specifically who threatened him. However, if the threats were in any way directed by Trump in an effort to derail special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 elections, this fact could become a part of a case that the president has attempted to obstruct justice and undermine the investigation.
Watch Rosenstein's comments below:
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on @freedomcaucus members considering his impeachment: "They can't even resist leaking their own drafts." He also says, "The Department of Justice is not going to be extorted.â€— CSPAN (@cspan) May 1, 2018
Question from @lauraajarrett. pic.twitter.com/puEnP3thgA