By Rick Wells
The frying pan is getting a little warm for Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who is presently in charge of the permissions for railroading President Trump. He’s now sending signals that he may be passing the baton, or bludgeon, to his subordinate, the third in command at DOJ, Rachel Brand. Rosenstein may recuse himself now that the initial damage has been done by enabling his good friend, Robert Mueller.
The ultimate power over whether President Trump is prosecuted when they finish fabricating their best shot at a case against him is presently held not by Mueller, but by Rosenstein. As reported by ABC News, “Although Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to lead the federal probe, he still makes the final decisions about resources, personnel and — if necessary — any prosecutions.” By “if necessary” they mean “if there’s any conceivable way possible.” Rosenstein reportedly raised the recusal possibility with Brand in a recent meeting.
President Trump noted on Twitter that, with Rosenstein overseeing the “witch hunt” he’s “being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!” Rosenstein could and likely will be called as a witness in the probe, but we shouldn’t worry. He promises he can maintain his facade of objectivity at least as well as Mueller, Comey and Lynch.
In one session of the never-ending hearings that offered him some camera time and an opportunity to look smart and important to the folks back home, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) asked Rosenstein whether he would have a conflict of interest in being both a witness and the arbiter as to whether the witch hunt proceeds.
Rosenstein pledges to do the right thing and defend the integrity of the witch hunt
Rosenstein assured him and all of us he’s above all of that. He said, “I’m not going to answer hypothetical questions, but I am working with career professionals who know these rules and are responsible for enforcing these rules, and I can assure you that we’re going to do the right thing, and we’re going to defend the integrity of that investigation.” Doing the right thing would be firing Mueller and shutting down shop on this political adventure; your assurance, Rosenstein, means nothing.
He won’t be leaving his spot as the center of attention any time soon. Until he seeks a formal opinion from other attorneys inside the DOJ he won’t be going anywhere. Rosenstein is also now dealing with his own leaks issue and the growing public awareness that he’s not as objective as he once would have had us believe, that he is very closely linked to both Comey and Mueller.
Rosenstein issued a cryptic, non-statement statement last night, stating, “Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous officials. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.”
Sure thing, Rod, and thanks for clearing all that up. Of course this whole Russia march towards the gallows has been engineered through anonymous leaks and reports so you’re joking, right? Maybe you could provide us with a white list of approved anonymous leakers, like the Washington Post and New York Times? That would make it easier to determine which fabrications we’re expected to accept and believe and which it’s okay to dismiss, the way you suggest.
While Rosenstein’s is a lowdown snake in the grass, Brand likely is no better, perhaps worse. She, like him, is a product of the liberal landfill that is Harvard, and most recently held a position on the federal government’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Civil Liberties has been distorted these days to be code for “social justice” agitators and communists.
Sessions can end his recusal for lack of evidence or case, retake control of DOJ
The solution is actually simple. Attorney General Sessions can make a determination that, with the testimony by Jim Comey and everyone else on the planet that there is no evidence of collusion with Russia, he can simply announce that it is his decision that there is no longer a need served by his recusal. The Russia investigation has run its due course and found nothing. He can withdraw his recusal and end this destructive effort to take down the President, calling it out in his announcement for what it has evolved into if he likes.
Sometimes bold action is required. The American people who voted for the President would support that action. The rest aren’t going to support him anyway and are joined with the enemy in seeking his downfall. Nobody said saving America was going to be easy or that it wouldn’t require a fight.