The guy who hand-picked Mueller and gave ‘oversight’ to the investigation is now on his way out.
Rosenstein portrayed himself as a straight arrow, upholding the rule of law, but questions about his conduct while in his role of Deputy continue to linger.
Questions including broadening the scope of the Mueller investigation and personally signing off on the veracity of a FISA warrant whose sketchy evidence was used to substantiate the need for both the spying and Mueller’s investigation in the first place.
As the President himself said:
….Foundation be listed at the top of the Report? Will the scathing document written about Lyin’ James Comey, by the man in charge of the case, Rod Rosenstein (who also signed the FISA Warrant), be a big part of the Report? Isn’t Rod therefore totally conflicted? Will all of….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
And specifically, because Rod Rosenstein had authority over the Mueller file, some (but not all) Republicans were afraid to touch him until after the election, lest the media spin it as ‘proof’ of obstruction of justice.
…Rosenstein has sparred with Republicans in Congress, especially former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif, over “slow walking” its response to document requests. The House Freedom Caucus last year drafted articles of impeachment for Rosenstein, describing that effort as a “last resort” if their demands for records were not fulfilled.
When Mueller started digging into things that had nothing to do with either elections or Russian collusion, nobody said anything. When Mueller offered immunity to Democrat insiders like Podesta in the process of targeting Trump insiders like Manafort (they worked together), Rosenstein let it happen, and nobody in Washington laid a glove on him.
Now that the midterms are over, and the Oversight gavel is back in Pelosi’s hands, all their oversight attention will turn to other matters.
Either Rosenstein managed to navigate a political minefield and let the investigation proceed unimpeded, or (more cynically) Rosenstein’s gambit has managed to shield and stonewall the DOJ and the details of a government using surveillance tools against a Presidential campaign from serious scrutiny until the Republicans lost the power of the gavel.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his role in the coming weeks, sources familiar with the matter told Fox News.
Rosenstein wants to ensure a smooth transition for incoming Attorney General nominee Bill Barr and plans to transition out of the job in the coming weeks, the sources said.
Rosenstein long thought of his role as a two-year position and the two-year mark is coming soon, officials close to the departing attorney general told Fox News.
Pelosi’s pack of elected jackals are (if we take their own rhetoric at face value) singling out Trump and his family members for government-funded harassment.
This is not the accepted and legitimate investigative process of seeking evidence to prove or exonerate with respect to any one specific allegation. No, this is different.
They are eager to dig into bank records and all sorts of other affairs of the President, look for something damning and then charge him with it after the fact. Does that sound like an American approach to the Presumption of Innocence? Or is that more like the ‘Presumption of Guilt’ approach seen with Maduro and other despots?
The groups found 32 cases in which accused plotters detained by the intelligence service Sebin and military intelligence group DGCIM were subjected to beatings, asphyxiation and electric shocks to obtain details of alleged plots.
When authorities could not find the accused, they in some cases detained and abused family members to determine their whereabouts, the report says.
What a coincidence, isn’t it? With the Midterms now in the rear-view mirror, immunity handed out to a few key Democrats, with unrelated incriminating dirt dug up on Trump insiders and handed over to other political hacks who had bragged about being part of the Resistance, and with a house who will not be looking at anything swept under the carpet during the ‘scandal free’ Obama years, the Mueller investigation will finally be coming to a close.
All that is happening right at the precisely same time that a new AG who has no need to recuse himself from exercising PROPER oversight of the Mueller investigation is being confirmed.
What a truly amazing coincidence.
But some speculate that Trump’s AG is not actually obligated to release that report. And if he were, he could just play Obama’s favorite cards of not revealing sources and methods, or Executive Privilege to put the brakes on it either briefly or permanently.
We’re getting a new AG, Rosenstein gone, and an end to the Mueller investigation. Who would you say won this round?
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