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By Adam Edelman
Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Prosecutor General, overseeing Robert Müller's investigation into electoral campaigning in Russia, and President Donald Trump defended his on Thursday Dealing with the probe The Obama administration was beaten not to expose "the entire story" about Russia's efforts.
"Before I got there, some critical decisions were taken on Russia's investigation, and the former government decided not to publish the entire story about Russian computer hackers and social media trolls and how they were focusing on Russia's broader strategy of undermining America Rosenstein said to the Public Servants Dinner of the Armenian Bar Association in New York.
The speech marked the first time I, Rosenstein, have been speaking publicly since Attorney General William Barr published a revised copy of Müller's report earlier this month about his findings. Although no criminal conspiracy was found, the report revealed that Trump employees met with Russians after intelligence agencies announced in October 2016 that Russia had interfered in the presidential election, and even after the Obama administration imposed a series of post-election sanctions Muller's report also describes 10 episodes of possible disability by Trump, but failed to determine whether the president has committed a crime. The report "also does not relieve him," wrote Mueller. Barr said in a letter to Congress prior to the publication of the revised report that Trump would not interfere with the judiciary.
Rosenstein on Thursday also criticized former FBI director James Comey for interfering with a series of decisions he had taken on the agency's investigation into Russian.
"The FBI disclosed secret evidence to the classified legislators and their staff on the investigation. Someone has selectively passed details to the media. The FBI director announced at a congressional hearing that an investigation into counterintelligence had taken place, which could lead to criminal charges. Then the former FBI director claimed that the president urged him to complete the investigation, and the president denied that the conversation had taken place, "Rosenstein said.
Mills report provides evidence that Comey's version of the events, It seems that the White House initially stuck to a memo written by Rosenstein on Trump's request, and Rosenstein's memo wrote the reasons for the FBI head's rejection of Comey's approach to investigating the use of a private e-mail. Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State backs mail servers.
According to Mueller's report, "however, there is considerable evidence that the catalyst is responsible for the president. The decision to shoot Comey was Comey's unwillingness to publicly state that the president was not personally investigated, although the President had repeatedly called for such an announcement damage.
Later in the speech, Rosenstein went to the media to investigate the situation. He investigated the investigation and met "mercenary critics" who were "paid to voice passionate opinions on any subject, often with little or no information" and "Start the ad hominem attacks without truth or morality".
"Some of the nonsense That would be news today if the paper had not been printed if someone bothered to print it," he said. "It disappears quickly. The principles are the ones that stay. "
Above all, Rosenstein defended how the investigations were handled and said he had promised to get it right.
"I have agreed to do it right and draw the right conclusion. I did not promise to report all the results to the public, as the grand jury's investigations are from past parties. It is not our job to make meaningful factual findings. We only decide if it is appropriate to file a complaint. Adam Edelman is a political reporter for NBC News.