Is Rod Rosenstein’s Future In Doubt After Memo Suggesting He Gave Trump Cover to Fire Comey?

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Jed Shugerman was quoted in a Newsweek article about whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should recuse himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation.

[F]ordham University Law Professor Jed Shugerman on Thursday raised the question over whether it would be appropriate for Rosenstein to recuse himself from the Russia probe.

 

“There aren’t clear rules about recusal,” he said in a series of tweets. “But the basic standard is that if there is “an appearance of bias,” one should recuse. Though I support Rosenstein’s handling of investigation after May 10, he seems to have made a mistake in his handling of the letter, and there is a legitimate case that one cannot supervise a case in which one is a witness. (And that’s putting it generously). It pains me to say it, but there is a valid claim of an appearance of impropriety and bias. And this is a problem for the rule of law and legitimacy.”

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