Today may be Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s last full day in the job.
Rosenstein has been stonewalling Congress on the release of the DOJ’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the FBI having spies in the Trump campaign prior to any probe into Russian collusion despite facing congressional subpoenas.
Rosenstein was told on Monday by House leadership to supply relevant materials by Friday or face impeachment hearings.
The House Freedom Caucus — a conservative group — last month drafted impeachment articles against Rosenstein, which House leadership has said it will consider should Rosenstein not comply.
Republican House member Rep. Matt Gaetz tweeted this below Wednesday:
“If we were really serious about oversight we’d say the documents will be present at 10:00a.m. tomorrow, if they’re not, at 10:01 we start the impeachment proceedings regarding Rod Rosenstein.”
The House Judiciary Committee has requested from Rosenstein’s office more than a million documents from the FBI and DOJ relating to the Hillary Clinton email probe, the firing of former top FBI official Andrew McCabe, and reported surveillance of a Trump aide during the 2016 presidential election.
Remember Rosenstein is on the hot seat because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuse himself soon after his appointment of any dealing with DOJ’s Russian probe.
Congress does not have the right to fire Rosenstein, that can only come from Sessions. However they can impeach or charge him with contempt and jail him until the documents are released. The latter is highly unlikely to happen.
Just what is Rosenstein protecting by ignoring the congressional subpoenas is anyone’s guess, but I’ll put a few thoughts out there.
- The transcript of the tarmac meeting between President Bill Clinton and AG Loretta Lynch, which may include a call from the Obama Oval Office.
- More details into the death of Hillary Clinton aide Seth Rich and his dealings with Julian Assange.
- Rosenstein and FBI working through the Five Eyes protocol to spy on Americans here in the US.
Those are just a few bombshells that may be contained in Horowitz’s report, which have been redacted.
Remember Horowitz’s report does not have the weight that Utah US attorney John Huber’s investigation. Huber can and will indict individuals involved in obscuring the FBI and DOJ investigations into the Clinton’s email server and the hiring of Fusion/GPS to produce the “Russian Dossier”.