US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, famously and unwisely, recused himself from the Trump/Russia Collusion case in March 2017 because he had met twice during the 2016 presidential campaign with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. There are, however, far more compelling reasons why Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should have recused himself.
Last weekend, in response to a Judicial Watch FOIA request, the DOJ released documents relating to the FBI’s FISA court applications for a warrant (and subsequent renewals) to surveil low-level Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. Although heavily redacted, these documents revealed that Rosenstein had signed off on the last one. This development is serious, but it is only the latest of his many conflicts of interests. And up until now, there’s been scant attention paid to them.
Wednesday night’s news that House Republicans have filed articles of impeachment against him, has thrust Rosenstein and his highly partisan history back into the spotlight.
His wife, Lisa Barsoomian, is a Washington Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) attorney. She is a protégée of R. Craig Lawrence, whose law firm defends clients, all Democrats, against FOIA requests. Dick Morris, journalist and former advisor to Bill Clinton, reported that Lawrence, Barsoomian or both have represented Hillary Clinton 17 times, Bill Clinton 40 times, Barack Obama 45 times, Robert Mueller three times and on five occasions, the FBI.
In May 2017, Rosenstein wrote the memo outlining the case for firing FBI Director James Comey. Shortly after Trump fired Comey, Rosenstein appointed his mentor and friend, Robert Mueller, to head the investigation of Trump’s Russia collusion.
Rush Limbaugh reminds us that Rod Rosenstein was on the prosecution team that fully exonerated Hillary Clinton in the Whitewater scandal (and both Clintons in the Travelgate and Filegate scandals). Shortly after Rod Rosenstein cleared Hillary, his wife represented Bill Clinton in a 1998-99 civil case in federal court.
Limbaugh also points out that Rosenstein gave Mueller “free rein” in his investigation of Trump, which is not allowed under DOJ regulations.
DOJ regulations require that a crime be named and that is what the special counsel shall pursue and, if during said investigation, the special counsel encounters something else that is not within the purview of the crime being investigated, he’s got to go back to the person who appointed him and seek permission to add this newly discovered crime to the investigation. None of that has happened.
Rosenstein signed off on the raid of President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen’s office, home and hotel room in April. This was a calculated move intended to provoke Trump into firing Mueller.
The Deputy AG has major conflicts of interest and should have recused himself from the beginning. He refers to requests from Congress, who has legal oversight over the DOJ, as “extortion.” He is the keeper of the secrets who knows where all the bodies are buried.
Mueller is not investigating possible Trump-Russia collusion, because he knows it doesn’t exist. Instead, he is searching for evidence of any possible criminal act that can be used to impeach Trump. Rosenstein knows this because he is in on it.
On the 2008 campaign trail, Obama told supporters, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
And indeed, he was true to his word. The Obama years changed America. As he filled every government institution with liberal appointees, they became weaponized. Now these institutions have Trump in their crosshairs.
The DOJ, the FBI, the State Department and the mainstream media all have their claws out for President Trump. All of these institutions are riddled with Obama and Clinton supporters.
Trump should have been advised early on that a major sweep of these staffers was necessary.
Has America reached a place where elections and the rule of law no longer have meaning? “If the law is to apply to one party and not the other, then there is no law.” And if there is no law, then America is moving toward tyranny.
President Trump is held to account over meaningless affairs that took place twelve years ago, while Hillary Clinton is given a pass for deleting, then trying to destroy, 32,000 subpoenaed emails from the private server she used during her tenure as Secretary of State.
If the crimes of Hillary Clinton, the DOJ, the FBI and their enablers/cheerleaders, the mainstream media, are not proven by the midterm elections, the opportunity may be lost. And America, as we’ve known her, will be lost. The clock is ticking.
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