Rosenstein says Trump AG nominee’s memo had no impact on Mueller probe

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during a news conference to announce efforts to reduce transnational crime, at the U.S. District Attorney’s office, in Washington, U.S., October 15, 2018. REUTERS/Al Drago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Thursday a memo written by President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department had no impact on the investigation of Robert Mueller into possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

The Wall Street Journal reported that William Barr’s memo written in June said Mueller’s probe was based on a “fatally misconceived” theory. Rosenstein said the memo reflected Barr’s personal opinion and had “no impact on our investigation.”

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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