Jeffrey Rosen, DOJ nominee, says he’ll ‘keep an open mind’ on probe into FBI

April 10, 2019

Jeffrey Rosen, President Trump’s nominee for deputy attorney general, told lawmakers Wednesday he’ll be “open-minded” on probes into allegations the FBI spied on members of the Trump campaign.

“The FBI needs to be an institution all Americans need to have confidence it will be independent from political influences from the outside and the inside,” Mr. Rosen said. “I don’t know what the facts are and I want to in a position that I can approach it an open-minded way.”

Mr. Rosen’s remarks during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Attorney General William P. Barr said Wednesday the FBI did spy on members of the president’s campaign, but he hadn’t concluded if it was legal or warranted.

The attorney general’s statement followed his earlier remarks that he was reviewing the Justice Department securing a warrant to wiretap former Trump campaign official Carter page.

Mr. Barr’s review will look at information gathered by Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz who launched an investigation last year. The attorney general said that probe will be completed in May or June.