House Speaker tries to tamp down furor over memo on FBI conduct
Paul Rosenzweig, a former top lawyer on the staff of Independent Counsel Ken Starr during his investigation of former President Bill Clinton’s sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, spoke up on behalf of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein.
“The idea that some portray him as a partisan or a shill is nonsensical,” said Rosenzweig, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, a conservative think tank. Rosenstein is a Republican who was considered for the federal bench by President George H.W. Bush and appointed a U.S. attorney in Maryland by President George W. Bush before Trump nominated him to be the Justice Department’s No. 2 official.
Rosenzweig also questioned allegations that the FBI mishandled the warrant application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, noting that such applications usually range between 30 and 100 pages and “are subject to a high degree of vetting and scrutiny, a fact that does not seem to be true of the Nunes memo.”