Rosenstein to take the fall to hide Obama administration’s dirty secrets

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”.

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Tariffs and the Art of the deal German-style

As I wrote last week this is more of a tariff tiff than a war.

You announce a number — $50B, $200B in tariffs — it doesn’t matter. It’s just a number to begin negotiations.

Wednesday morning news broke that the German ambassador was about to announce that the EU would abandon all import tariffs for cars between the European Union and the US provided the Trump Administration drop its 25% border tax on all EU car imports.

See its all negotiations and never really gets implemented. It’s the Art of the Deal so to speak. Finally, America has someone who does not bow to pressure from other countries that have enjoyed decades of favorable treatment selling into the US market.

This has everything and nothing to do with President Trump. Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush could have done this. They couldn’t because they took the money of the multi-national corporations and the globalist free traders who demanded that the US come out on the losing end of most trade deals as a way to pay back for our other sins.

Enter Trump. No ties that bind to these factions. Knows a thing or two about negotiations and plays hardball with them. As I wrote earlier, do you think any country would forgo its ability to sell into the US over tariffs or import taxes?

Of course not. I think I hear China working the abacus to figure out its new proposal right now.

Just who was put in cages by news media Monday?

I wondered yesterday why did the immigration issue of splitting up families come out all over the place on Sunday?

The law to do just that with illegal immigrants was signed by President Clinton in 1996. This is not a President Trump initiative. I remember the young Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez deportation case that Clinton’s Attorney General Janet Reno prosecuted in 2000.

So why was this coming up in the news now? Then I looked at the TV at work and the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his report regarding the problems with the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was Secretary of State.

So look at the media coverage of that and it’s almost non-existent on Tuesday.

Kids in cages is what dominates the news today. Even The New York Post has a full-cover treatment of the immigration story. Throw in an audio purported to be children in the cages and you have a heart-tugging story that could have been reported anytime during the Obama and Bush terms.

No, don’t look behind the curtain. Don’t hear Horowitz desperately trying to defend himself and his report when it comes to no FBI political biases against Trump and the bungling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server.

Most people won’t hear of the testimony that most of the team that exonerated Hillary Clinton then moved on to probe Trump and the alleged Russian collusion.

Republicans senators pointed out that Horowitz’s report found instances where FBI employees improperly received tickets to sporting events, golfing outings and drinks from reporters.

Or that why it took more than a month for FBI Agent Peter Strzok to subpoena Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s husband Anthony Weiner’s laptop after NYPD found treasure trove of classified information and child porn on it.

When asked about the delay in seizing Weiner’s laptop, Horowitz said, he did “not have confidence [the decision was] free from bias.”

Strzok ran both the Clinton email and Trump Russia probes and texted anti-Trump sentiments to Lisa Page a FBI attorney. Those texted included the infamous one where Page asks if Trump will be elected and Strzok writes, “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”

But most Americans will not hear of these and many more exchanges because they were put in their own cages by the media on Tuesday.

Most Americans should not fear the word tariffs

The tariff tiff between US and China is just that. Nothing even nearing a war.

If you believe that trade between the two countries will be hampered, constrained or restricted it will not it is merely hand wringing by liberal media.

No country would spite their citizens by cutting trade off with the US. We buy more from every country than any other country no matter the product or raw material category.

No the Trump administration is attempting to right a decades-long wrong when it comes to pricing and access to markets for US manufactures. Past administrations have short-shifted Americans for the idea of globalism vs nationalism.

Large US multinational corporations made huge profits working off of a globalist model where products were made in low-cost environments with taxes being held overseas.

The Trump White House wants to curtail this model in order for Americans to benefit from these jobs. The new Apple/Foxconn agreement is a possible template for his trade philosophy.

So the trade war headlines and rhetoric is coming from the left, which wants to continue the move to a globalist model at the loss of American workers. Tariffs are used to level the playing field to make the US stronger.

Why have we not heard of tariffs for over 20 years? Because previous administrations were giving the candy store away to China, EU and the like.

The White House wants to see the pendulum swing back to benefit Americans.

IG report needs to be declassified for all Americans to discover the DC swamp

The redacted Department of Justice Inspector General’s report on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail server offered few new insights into what went on inside the FBI and Justice Department at the time, IG Michael Horowitz says.

Yes, President Trump is vindicated for firing FBI Director James Comey. The former G-man’s insubordination through his actions warranted his dismissal.

The ex-FBI Director broke with long-standing department standards in his handling of the Clinton investigation. As this report points out Comey wrote the final finding of this investigation before he even integrated Clinton and her top aides about the use of a private server.

As a quick aside, the report also revealed that Comey used his own personal e-mail account to send and receive classified government documents.

So Comey writes a report exonerating Hillary Clinton in the end of May 2016. He then interviews her on July 2, 2016 and announces she is clear of any wrongdoing on July 6th.

Horowitz does give us some reason to figure out why Comey would reopen the Clinton e-mail probe in October just weeks before the election.

It not only centered on Comey’s actions, but also the initial investigation was so shoddy in its execution, because the FBI principles behind the probe Peter Strzok and his texting buddy Lisa Page had biases, which however Horowitz says had little impact on the probe.

There’s this IM exchange on Aug. 6, 2016 between Strzok and Page:

Page:[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? right?

 

Strzok: No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.

This exchange happens in the midst of Strzok leading the probe into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

Since there are no recommendations from the IG’s report that any charges be brought against Hillary Clinton or any of her top aides, I think President Trump — through Executive Order — should declassify the entire study so Americans can see the truth about how the FBI acted and how the DOJ acted and the thought process of the Inspector General in the report.

This document is a product of the DC swamp, to protect the career operatives. There can be nothing better than exposing the harsh sunlight into this muck.

Lastly, truth be told, Comey for all his warts, never mentioned prior to the election that the FBI was looking into the Trump campaign and possible ties to Russia. He did open a probe into Hillary, then closed it. Then publicly announced he was reopening it.

I guess they all figured she would win.