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Deputy AG Rosenstein issues warning about 'anonymous allegations'

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Justice Department's fiscal 2018 budget. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued an unusual statement Thursday night blasting “anonymous allegations.”

Echoing President Donald Trump’s frequent complaints about the media’s use of anonymous sources in stories critical of his administration, Rosenstein said Americans should be “skeptical” of such reporting.

“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to ‘anonymous’ officials, particularly when they do not identify the country—let alone the branch or agency of government—with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated,” Rosenstein said.

Rosenstein made no reference to any specific anonymous report, but the statement was released around the same time the Washington Post published a story about the special counsel investigating Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner’s business dealings that ambiguously cited “officials familiar with the matter.”

Although there have been reports of Trump allegedly urging officials to refute stories about the investigation in the past, the Justice Department told CNN Trump did not order Rosenstein to write the statement.


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