Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s decision to postpone retirement is linked to his desire to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, according to reports.
NBC’s Pete Williams first reported on Tuesday that Rosenstein, who oversees the Russia probe, would not be stepping down as scheduled.
CNN’s Evan Pérez later confirmed that the deputy attorney general would be staying at the Justice Department “a little longer.”
“March 15 was going to be his last day,” Pérez noted. “He’s staying a little longer, we don’t know exactly how much longer. He hasn’t given his notice yet to the White House of exactly his date of departure.”
Pérez said that the “guiding force” behind Rosenstein’s decision “is that he wanted to make sure that he stayed until he was satisfied the Mueller investigation was either complete or nearly enough to completion that he had helped protect the investigation.”
Rosenstein’s postponement could be a sign that the investigation is not complete, Pérez suggested.
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Responding to Sen, Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) who kept the bill from passing via unanimous consent, Feal called the two conservatives senators "assholes" during the live broadcast.
"Rand Paul and Mike Lee say there's no effect here because the bill is going to pass eventually anyway, but does it have an effect because they keep delaying it?" CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked.