On Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions lavished praise on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand. Sessions’ remarks came on the same day the FISA memo was released.
Jeff Sessions said this morning that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand "both represent the kind of quality and leadership that we want in the department." https://t.co/VWeWFdPBhR pic.twitter.com/e2JgFvhWvh
— ABC News (@ABC) February 2, 2018
Sessions broke from prepared remarks in a speech Friday on human trafficking. He praised Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (ROH’-zen-styn) as well as the department’s No. 3 official, Rachel Brand.
Sessions says both are experienced lawyers and “represent the kind of quality and leadership that we want in the department.”
That’s a departure from President Donald Trump, who was asked Friday whether he has confidence in Rosenstein. Trump said, “You figure that one out.”
Meanwhile, President Trump is none too pleased about the memo.
When asked about the document in the Oval Office Friday, the President responded, “”The memo was sent to Congress. They’re going to do whatever they’re going to do, but it’s a disgrace what’s happening in our country,””
Below is footage of the exchange between Trump and the press on Rosenstein.
Reporter: Do you still have confidence [in Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein]?
Pres. Trump: You figure it out.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 2, 2018
Last week, Sessions’ Justice Department called on House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) to allow the FBI to review the “shocking,” FISA abuse memo to ensure its release will not harm national security.
JUST IN: DOJ's Stephen Boyd has sent a letter to @DevinNunes saying release of *the memo* without review by DOJ/FBI would be "extraordinarily reckless." Says the memo purports to be based on "classified source materials that neither you nor most of" the committee "have seen." pic.twitter.com/F0pmL34vhk
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) January 24, 2018