Transcript for Rosenstein agrees to Trump 'demand' for probe: WH
To the white house now and that extraordinary meeting between the president and top just cyst officials running the Russian investigation. The deputy attorney general and FBI director has accepted trump's demands and agreed to share more confidential information about it with congress. Cecilia Vega is tracking it all. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: Good morning to you. Investigation into the investigation is exactly what this is and that seems to have pleased president trump enough to avoid a showdown with his justice department at least for now. He may be in the president's crosshairs but deputy attorney general Roth was all smiles as he left a meeting in the oval office angrier than ever about the Russia investigation Rosenstein over gees, president trump summoned his top law enforcement officials including FBI director Christopher WRAY to talk about his latest demand, a tweet Sunday ordering a new investigation into whether or not the fbi/doj infiltrated or surveilled the trump campaign for political purposes. And if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama administration. The edict sending shock waves through Washington. That he will issue such an absurd and abusive demand based on no evidence shows just how little regard the president has for the rule of law. Clearly this is designed to undermine the investigation. It's designed to distract from the president's growing legal troubles. Reporter: The president's demand comes in response to a "New York Times" report claiming that in late 2016, the FBI used an inform arnlt to question two trump campaign associates about their contacts with Russians. There is no evidence the FBI infiltrated the trump campaign. But in response to the president's tweet, Rosenstein ordered the justice department's inspector general to investigate the president's concerns as part of an ongoing probe. After that oval office meeting with his top law enforcement team, the white house says the president is satisfied with the review for now. We'll get to the bottom of it because the American people have a right to know. Reporter: Well, that's the administration's response, not everyone is happy with the doj for complying with president trump's demand and former attorney general Eric Holder made it known, take a look, he tweeted. Doj response is disappointing. There is no basis/no predicate for an inquiry. It's time to stand for time honored doj Independence. That separation from white house is a critical part of our system. Thanks very much. Let's talk to Chris Christie about it. Welcome back. You come at this from a couple different angles. You're a former prosecutor, seven years in the justice department and know Rosenstein and Christopher WRAY. Two big questions was the president right to make the demand and were they right to step it. Well, two thing, George. The president was right to make the demand. Question make whatever he wants. The important thing is to see thousand the department of justice responds an both responded the right way by not overreacting and saying, okay. No criminal investigation. Let's let the inspector general take a look. The inspector general is already looking at a broad array of concerns regarding what was going on in the Comey FBI regarding the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation and subsequent actions so put this on Mike Horowitz's plate. He's a longtime justice department employee. If he believes something rises to another level, he'll recommend that to the deputy attorney general. If he doesn't he'll write a report and resolve it from there. I think this was a lot of fanfare and the people who defused it yesterday were rod Rosenstein and Chris WRAY. Questions about the president's actions and saw Eric Holder's tweet right there and a lot of people say this is a valuable and established constraint. Presidents don't get involved in individual enforcement actions, investigative actions. What they don't get involved in is being able to demand criminal investigations. That's what he did, though. He didn't say criminal investigation. I think that's important. And the president is allowed to discuss policy and the way you pursue policy at the doj. I think the important thing is, George, everyone has been concerned about the department of justice and how they'll operate and it'll be independent. Will it make the right decisions. I think yesterday they did. They sat. They heard the president out. Has a right to be heard out and then they made the decision, send it to the inspector general. I don't know if that's what the president wants but that's what he got. In the meantime, the president's attorney Rudy Giuliani has been suggesting that whether or not the president will cooperate will depend in part on what the inspector general finds. Did that appropriate. Listen, if you're the defense lawyer anything you can do to keep the president out of the room with Bob Mueller is what you should do. You and I have been talking about this for months now. My position hasn't changed in the least. Whatever position Rudy wants to take to effectuate that result is the right result for his client. That's his only priority at this point. He's a lawyer retained by a client. He's got to keep his client out of that room. No upside for the president in being in that room. Do you grow Robert Mueller is on a strict time line. He has to get something done by September 1st or put everything off until after the election. He has a window to do it by September 1, then September 1 to election day has to be a dark period. The only person who didn't respect that was Jim Comey and after the election if he's not finished he could pick up from there. September 1 is an interim deadline unless he feels he can get everything done by then. My sense is he won't but he will go dark during that period because Bob Mueller follows the justice department rules and has been good on this and he should be seen as an independent force here, I think he has been and let's let him do his job. Chris Christie, thanks very much.
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