DeSantis Says Rosenstein 'Botched' the Mueller Probe: It's Gone 'Far Beyond the Original Mandate'
Rep. Ron DeSantis responded to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein telling critics in Congress they must be careful while commenting on his job.
Rosenstein named Robert Mueller the special counsel to investigate the Trump-Russia matter, while also being the author of a letter recommending the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey.
"Rod Rosenstein has a peculiar view of the Constitution and rule of law," said DeSantis, a Republican from Palm Coast who is running for governor this year.
"The rule of law [to Rosenstein] is whatever arbitrary decision is made by him [or] others in his department," DeSantis said.
DeSantis said Rosenstein appears to believe that the Congress, president and courts are all subordinate to the Justice Department.
The DOJ "is a statutorily-created department," he said. "[They] get [their] money from Congress."
DeSantis said Congress therefore has the right to conduct oversight over Rosenstein and the Justice Department.
"He has botched this whole Mueller thing," he added. "He has let this thing go far beyond its original mandate."
A federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia also rebuked the Mueller team, during a hearing for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort Jr..
[Judge T.S. Ellis III] suggested they lied about the scope of the investigation, are seeking “unfettered power” and are more interested in bringing down the president.
"You don't really care about Mr. Manafort,” Ellis told Mueller’s team. “You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever."
Watch the interview above.