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Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, speaks in October at the 18th annual Legal Reform Summit, held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi / NLJ

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday highlighted the U.S. Department of Justice’s efforts to instill a sense of ethical responsibility within its ranks, a day after President Donald Trump demanded an investigation into whether the department or the FBI “infiltrated or surveilled” his campaign for political purposes.

Trump’s demand, made in a Sunday tweet, struck some legal observers as going beyond his regular approach of impugning the department’s integrity and crossing into the more questionable territory of ordering up an investigation. The department responded by asking its internal watchdog, the Office of Inspector General, to expand an ongoing inquiry into the surveillance of a former Trump campaign official. Rosenstein said Sunday: “If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action.”

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C. Ryan Barber

C. Ryan Barber, based in Washington, covers government affairs and regulatory compliance. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @cryanbarber

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