Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would not say whether or not any member of the Obama administration tried to undermine President Donald Trump’s campaign leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
“What did the DOJ or FBI do in terms of collecting information, spying, or surveillance on the Trump campaign be it via Stefan Halper or anybody else working on behalf of the agencies?” GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida asked Rosenstein during a House Committee on the Judiciary hearing Thursday.
“As you know, congressman, I’m not permitted to discuss classified information in an open setting but I can assure you we are working with oversight committees and producing all relevant evidence to allow them to answer those questions,” Rosenstein answered.
Unsatisfied with Rosenstein’s response, DeSantis pressed him once again. (RELATED: Rosenstein Smirks As Democrats Mocks GOP Impeachment)
“Let me ask you this, then, did the Obama administration, anybody in the administration direct anybody, Halper or anybody, to make contact with anyone associated with the Trump campaign?” DeSantis asked.
“As I said, congressman, appreciate the — I understand your interest, I’m not permitted to discuss classified information,” Rosenstein said.
Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray are taking questions from committee members Thursday regarding the Justice Department’s inspector general report on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email investigation. Lawmakers are also veering into special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election.
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