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Yes, several times in fact, but ABC’s Jonathan Karl noticed perhaps the most significant of them. Two weeks ago, soon-to-be-departing deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein replied to an inquiry from Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley about the status of Robert Mueller’s special-counsel probe. The 12-page letter, Karl writes, provides a likely “road map” to what Mueller will say in his final report.
And that is … not much:
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The bottom line: Do not expect a harsh condemnation of President Donald Trump or any of his associates if they have not been charged with crimes.
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In the letter, Rosenstein makes it clear he believes the Department of Justice will not – and cannot without violating long-standing Department of Justice policy – include disparaging or incriminating information about anybody who has not been charged with a crime.
“Punishing wrongdoers through judicial proceedings is only one part of the Department’s mission,” Rosenstein wrote. “We also have a duty to prevent the disclosure of information that would unfairly tarnish people who are not charged with crimes.”
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Along with this, ABC News reports from other sources that Mueller will not present any more indictments from his probe, a point Karl made in the story as well. If that’s the case, well … game over, right?
It’s a good catch from Karl on a letter on which no one reported until now, but it’s not the first time Rosenstein has made this clear. A little less than a month ago, Rosenstein publicly remarked that the Department of Justice had no business publishing allegations against American citizens outside of indictments. Given that Rosenstein was at the time the person who was supervising Mueller and the man who would have handled the report until William Barr took over as Attorney General, that...
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