President Trump fumed via Twitter about the Mueller probe throughout Sunday in a fury of tweets, culminating with what appeared to be an official announcement (and seemingly intended to be a provocation to force Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to refuse or resign) :
“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”
Rosenstein, while not exactly refusing, dodged by issuing a challenge to the President and his gang for any credible charge worthy of investigation:
“If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action.”
In technical legal terms Rosenstein’s response means, “The ball is back in your court, dumb ass.”
A DOJ spokesperson added that the Inspector General would “expand the ongoing review of the FISA application process to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election.”
Any expectations that Trump and his pals harbored that his “demand” would force Rosenstein to refuse or resign didn’t work. Now it’s up to Trump whether to push further.