Sen. Gary Peters: I hope Rosenstein appoints special prosecutor

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  • "I certainly have some very specific questions about the timeline," Peters said
  • Rosenstein doesn't see a need at this point for a special prosecutor in the probe

(CNN)Ahead of a highly anticipated briefing to the full Senate next week by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, one Democratic senator says he plans to press him aggressively about the timeline that led to the firing of FBI Director James Comey and whether he plans to call for a special prosecutor to lead an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and alleged collusion with the Russians by Trump campaign associates.

"I certainly have some very specific questions about the timeline" of Comey's firing, said Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, one of 94 senators who voted to confirm Rosenstein last month. "I hope he realizes the importance of having a special prosecutor."
Prior to Rosenstein's overwhelming confirmation, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Rosenstein had assured him he would appoint a special prosecutor if needed.
Asked by CNN's Michael Smerconish if he regretted voting to approve Rosenstein, Peters would say only that he is "not pleased with the actions that we've seen."
In the immediate aftermath of Comey's dismissal Tuesday, White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and top aides, stressed that Rosenstein recommended to President Donald Trump that he fire Comey, but Trump in recent days said he would have done so regardless of the recommendation.
Rosenstein has told officials he was not happy with how Comey's firing unfolded.
Since Comey's firing, members of Congress have increased calls to appoint a special prosecutor in the investigation, but Rosenstein doesn't see a need to do so at this point, people familiar with his thinking tell CNN.
"If the President believes that there's nothing there, then he shouldn't be afraid of the facts coming out," Peters said. "Let's have 100% credibility with a special prosecutor, and let's make sure it's done with integrity."
On Friday, two of Peters' Democratic colleagues, California's Dianne Feinstein and Illinois' Dick Durbin, said Rosenstein should resign if he fails to appoint a special prosecutor.
The exact date and time of Rosenstein's briefing have not been announced.