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Dems Were for Deputy AG Appointing Special Prosecutor Before They Were Against It

Senate Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), are twisting themselves in knots as they try to figure out whether they want Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) created confusion on Wednesday when he called for someone besides Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate alleged Trump-Russia ties, only hours after he called for Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor.

Here was Schumer on Wednesday morning, according to reporting in The Hill:

Schumer reiterated his call for Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the FBI’s Russia investigation, adding “if there was ever a time when circumstances merited a special prosecutor, it’s now.”

And here was Schumer on Wednesday afternoon, according to reporting in Politico:

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Democrats are still insisting on a special prosecutor to lead the federal investigation. But he said the official currently overseeing the probe — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — should not be the person who decides whether a special prosecutor is appointed.

Schumer instead wants Associate Deputy Attorney General Scott Schools, a civil servant who was not appointed by Trump, to decide on a special prosecutor.

Rosenstein, who has served as a U.S. attorney under Presidents Bush and Obama, was confirmed to the deputy attorney general position by a 94-6 vote. Schumer voted for Rosenstein. Democrats Cory Booker (NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Kamala Harris (CA), Catherine Cortez Masto (NV), Elizabeth Warren (MA), and Richard Blumenthal (CT) voted against Rosenstein.