Harris was pressing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over whether he would sign a letter to give Special Counsel Robert Mueller full independence from the Justice Department in his probe, which would have the same effect as a letter issued for then-Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald in the investigation into the 2003 leaking of then-covert CIA officer Valerie Plame’s identity.
“Senator, I’m very sensitive about time and I’d like to have a very lengthy conversation and explain that all to you,” Rosenstein told Harris.
“Can you give me a ‘yes or no’ answer?” Harris responded.
“It’s not a short answer, senator,” Rosenstein said.
“It is. Either you are willing to do that or you are not,” she responded, cutting his answer short.
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