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Rod Rosenstein defends Russia probe after anti-Trump text messages released, denies 'witch hunt'

Rod Rosenstein defends Russia probe after anti-Trump text messages released, denies 'witch hunt'

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein faced sharp questioning from congressional Republicans on Wednesday following revelations that two officials assigned to the Justice Department’s Russia probe exchanged text messages critical of Donald Trump during last year’s campaign.

Rosenstein, the former U.S. attorney for Maryland, defended both the investigation and Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel he appointed in May to oversee it. Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Rosenstein said he has seen no reason to fire Mueller from that job.

The hearing came hours after the disclosure of text messages between an FBI counterintelligence agent assigned to...

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