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Dem Senator: Rod Rosenstein’s Answers Were Satisfactory

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said on New Day Wednesday that he was “satisfied” by Deputy Attorney General nominee Rod Rosenstein’s answers to his questions.

“This is a guy who’s now the U.S. Attorney for Maryland. He’s not even in the main Justice building and, until he’s confirmed, he’s not going to be read in to whatever’s going on,” Whitehouse said.

“I think he’s entitled to go over there and get briefed up and find out what’s going on before he’s forced to make a decision about whether there should be a special counsel or not.”

Whitehouse called it “awkward” for Rosenstein to have to answer so many hypothetical questions.

Some Democrats had hoped to hold up Rosenstein’s nomination if he had not committed to appointing a special prosecutor to look into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.