Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein blamed senior FBI officials for withholding vital information related to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), faces mounting pressure from President Donald Trump and his allies to investigate the Obama administration officials who spearheaded the probe. Democrats say the inquiry in effort to run political interference for the president in the run-up to Election Day, Politico reports. On Wednesday, Rosenstein singled out high-level FBI leadereship for “significant errors” that appeared in applications to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser, even though he signed off on one of them.
“I do not consider the investigation to be corrupt, but I certainly understand the president’s frustration given the outcome,” Rosenstein told senators. Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe said Rosenstein’s claims that the FBI misled him were “completely false.” The hearing was the first of what is likely to be several as part of the committee’s Republican-led investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation. Graham lambasted the FBI over the genesis and management of the probe into Russian election interference. “There are millions of Americans pretty upset about this,” Graham said. “There are people on our side of the aisle who believe that this investigation, Crossfire Hurricane, was one of the most corrupt, biased criminal investigations in the history of the FBI, and we would like to see something done about it.”