Washington—Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today delivered remarks at a hearing to consider the nominations of Rod Rosenstein to be deputy attorney general and Rachel Brand to be associate attorney general.
Feinstein again called for a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. High-resolution video and audio excerpts from Feinstein’s remarks are available. Text of the corresponding excerpts follow:
Video and audio: “I believe we need an independent criminal investigation into Russian influence. It’s vitally important that the American people have trust in this investigation and that there is not even the appearance of a conflict of interest or political influence. So that’s why I continue to support the appointment of a special prosecutor to lead the investigation. To be clear, I do not say this because I question the integrity or ability of Mr. Rosenstein. I do not. But this is about more than just one individual. This is about the integrity of the process and the public’s faith in our institutions of justice.”
Video and audio: “As has been done in the past, a special prosecutor should lead this investigation. I believe it should be a respected prosecutor, someone free of any partisan or political background, someone who has a reputation for integrity and impartial decision-making and who is independently selected—not by the attorney general.”