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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has offered what The Wall Street Journal described on Wednesday as a "forceful defense" of the special counsel's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

A major topic is expected to be a New York Times report last month that Rosenstein suggested secretly recording Trump and raised the possibility of invoking a constitutional provision that allows the cabinet to remove the president.

"I believe that our department and our office have been appropriately managing that investigation", Rosenstein told The Journal, referring to the Russian Federation investigation.

There was speculation weeks ago that Rosenstein would be fired or would resign following a September New York Times report that he had discussed secretly recording the president previous year to expose chaos at the White House.

The document release comes after The Associated Press requested access to the documents and an attorney acting for the AP and other news outlets got involved.

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Rosenstein was also a signer of the FBI's suspect application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court for approval of government spying on former Trump campaign aides.

Rosenstein went to the White House days after the report, expecting to be fired, but his job was spared, and he later flew with Trump on Air Force One to an global police chiefs' conference in Florida.

"The fact that Rod Rosenstein was a no-show last week is something that is just not right", Jordan said. Because of Sessions' recusal, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel and oversees that investigation. Still, Rosenstein reportedly offered to resign multiple times after the report came out to avoid being fired and leave on amicable terms. "He has not cooperated with Congress, failed to be transparent about his actions, and shown a lack of candor in the way he's characterized a number of events", Meadows tweeted.

As former top FBI lawyer James Baker testifies about the Russian Federation investigation before Congress, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said he would like to see lawmakers focus more directly on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe and the "insipid corruption" behind it.

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