Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over when the FBI actually began looking into the Trump campaign in 2016 Thursday.
“Are you aware, as you sit here today, of any payments that were made to any person to collect intelligence on the Trump campaign prior to July 31, 2016?” Gaetz asked.
“No. Keep in mind, I wasn’t there. I only know the information we’ve obtained from the FBI Records,” Rosenstein answered.
“Are you, as you sit here today, aware of any efforts to contact Roger Stone that occurred prior to July 31, 2016?” Gaetz said.
“I don’t have any personal knowledge, congressman, but I know we’re seeking to respond to Devin Nunes’ request,” Rosenstein said.
“Same question with regard to Michael Caputo,” Gaetz said.
“I wasn’t there, so I can only answer questions that we direct to the FBI,” he answered.
“You’re there now, right? I mean — have you asked these questions of anyone?” Gaetz said.
“We have absolutely conveyed all the questions Chairman Nunes has raised and I’m optimistic that they’ll be able to respond to him fairly soon,” Rosenstein said. (RELATED: Rep. Gaetz: ‘I Believe There Are People Who Will Go To Jail’ Over Classified Intel Report [VIDEO])