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>> Nothing but the truth, so help you God.>> The man who will likely have the most control over any federal investigation into ties between the presidential campaign of Donald Trump and Russian intelligence, refusing to pledge he'd appoint a special prosecutor on the matter. Rod Rosenstein, Donald Trump's nominee to be Deputy US Attorney General, fending off repeated questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday over how he might conduct an inquiry into Russian meddling into the 2016 election.
>> That is a nominee for Deputy Attorney General. I should not be promising to take action on a particular case.>> Rosenstein squarely in the spotlight after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week said he would recuse himself from any Trump investigation. Sessions' recusal coming after it was revealed he had repeated contacts with Moscow's envoy to the US, despite the Senator testifying that he'd had no contact with Russian government officials during the campaign.
That puts the weight of investigating Trump on the deputy attorney general.>> An investigation of the Russian meddling in our election and the ties between Trump administration officials and the Russian would involve questioning the attorney general of the United States, your boss. And possibly others in the administration.
And possibly even the president, your boss. How can you investigate your boss?>> If there's evidence, senator, that turns you on the President, have information relevant to criminal investigation, in this case, as in previous cases that I've handled, I'll make sure they're questioned.>> Several Democrats threatened to oppose Rosenstein's nomination if he did not commit to appointing a special independent council to investigate the President's possible ties to Russia.
Rosenstein repeatedly refused to make that promise. He said he viewed every DOJ investigation as inherently independent. Rosenstein was appointed US district attorney for Maryland by President George W Bush. A role he performed through the Obama Administration. A bipartisan group of 127 former US attorneys sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary on Monday supporting Rosenstein's confirmation.