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Will Rosenstein still be the top official in charge of the Trump/Russia/Mueller investigation on April 1, 2018?

In the ongoing investigation by Mueller at the FBI regarding Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, Rod Rosenstein is a key figure. Given Jeff Session's recusal in the case, Rosenstein as acting AG is formally legally the highest official in the investigation, and the only individual currently with direct legal ability to fire (or otherwise instruct) Mueller. Thus any road to removing Mueller goes through Rosenstein.

A recent memo released by Republican House Intelligence committee head Nunes has led to fresh speculation that Rosenstein is being targeted. We'll ask:

Will Rosenstein still be the highest Justice Department official in the Mueller case on April 1?

Resolution is negative if as of April 1, 2018:

  • Rosenstein is fired or resigns or otherwise not acting AG in the case, or

  • Jeff Sessions is replaced by an AG who is not recused in the case

and resolution is positive otherwise.


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