US Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein may need to recuse himself from Russia probe: ABC News

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 13, 2017.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 13, 2017.PHOTO: THE NEW YORK TIMES

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein has privately acknowledged he may need to recuse himself from matters relating to the Russia probe, given that he could become a potential witness in the investigation, ABC News reported on Friday (June 16), citing unnamed sources.

ABC said Rosenstein told Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand she would have authority over the probe if he were to step aside.

Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, and has told lawmakers he would only fire him with good cause.