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Gaetz: ‘Sufficient basis’ for Trump to fire Rosenstein and Sessions

Gaetz alleged Justice Department engaged in cover-up.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, on Fox News, April 10, 2018.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, on Fox News, April 10, 2018.
Published Apr. 10, 2018|Updated Apr. 10, 2018

WASHINGTON – Congressman Matt Gaetz said today that he agreed special counsel Robert Mueller should not be fired but there's "sufficient basis for firing Rod Rosenstein, as well as the Attorney General for not doing his job."

Gaetz, one of the most outspoken defenders of Trump in Washington —most Florida Republicans are silent on the controversies — alleged that the raid on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is part of a cover-up for Justice Department officials abusing the FISA process.

"The Department of Justice is currently covering their own trail because they know they engaged in FISA abuses that they don't want to be prosecuted for," Gaetz said in a statement, which echoed comments he made on Fox News.  "I find it extremely hypocritical for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to oversee an investigation into obstruction of justice regarding the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, when Rosenstein wrote the memo recommending Comey's firing himself.

"And it's that hypocrisy that warrants changes to be made at the very top of the Department of Justice. I understand the President's frustration, and believe there is a sufficient basis for firing Rod Rosenstein, as well as the Attorney General for not doing his job."

Trump himself has played up the idea of a conspiracy.

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