A top prosecutor from Robert Mueller’s special lawyer has challenged a New York Times report that then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein limited Mueller’s investigation by preventing him from investigating President Trump’s financial ties to Russia.
According to the Times, former law enforcement officials said Rosenstein secretly told Mueller not to take the Russian road without telling the FBI. After the report was released, prosecutor Andrew Weissman challenged it.
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“Today, the NYT story is wrong, claiming it is a secret order from the DOJ banning Mueller̵
Weissman added that the Times also incorrectly reported that Rosenstein had come to the conclusion that they lacked a valid reason to investigate Trump’s personal ties with Russia.
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Weissman cites the Justice Department’s appointment order, which names Mueller as special adviser, according to which Mueller is empowered to investigate, among other things, “any links and / or coordination between the Russian government and those involved in President Donald Trump’s campaign.” “.
Russia’s investigation has recently attracted attention since the Senate Intelligence Committee published the fifth and final volume of its report on Russia’s interference in the elections earlier this month.
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The report notes that Russia has “taken advantage” of members of Trump’s transition team and their “relative inexperience in governing, opposing Obama administration policies and Trump’s desire to deepen ties with Russia to pursue informal channels. on which Russia can conduct diplomacy “.
Fox News’ s Brooke Singman contributed to this report.