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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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.

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.

Hey De Niro, I’m talking to you

Actor Robert De Niro came on stage at Radio City Sunday night at the Tony Awards to introduce Bruce Springsteen, but appeared to have a nervous breakdown in the midst of his two-minute stint.

De Niro came out and said, “It’s no longer Dump Trump, It’s F*@k Trump.”

The predominantly liberal Broadway community cheered and stood for this vicious attack. All this while the President is traveling to Asia to sign a historic agreement to end hostilities with North Korea.

I’ve been thinking what would cause De Niro’s tirade? Cheap applause and standing ovation? No something deeper has affected the actor’s psyche.

What the Trump administration has brought about has rocked De Niro’s world.

The President beat De Niro’s candidate Hillary Clinton, which probably costs him some money and some funding for the actor’s “pet projects”. Friend and fellow New Yorker Harvey Weinstein’s downfall and prosecution came about under Trump’s DOJ  prosecutors. Something that probably may not of happen to the same degree under a Clinton White House.

Also De Niro’s Robert Mueller character on Saturday Night Live may be short-lived as the soon-to-be-released DOJ investigation of the FBI under Mueller and James Comey shows highly unethical behavior by the nation’s chief law enforcement’s top brass.

So what separates De Niro’s outburst from the guy with a placard outside Penn Station saying the same thing? I’m afraid very little even down to the flexing of the arms to punctuate his ranting.

But at least the guy at Penn brought props.

Comey’s legacy may be seen as a patriot

How will history treat ex-FBI Director James Comey?

The first draft is in the process of being crafted. Newspaper reports and his book are the first two legs. The OIG report, which probably will not be released until the middle of June, may provide the keystone to his actions.

Comey’s July 2016 announcement that the FBI would not be recommending criminal charges against Hillary Clinton or the campaign over the handling of the e-mail server is highly questionable for his breaking of the chain of command.

It wasn’t Comey’s place to make that statement. He should have said that he passed the report to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who he reports to, to make the announcement.

Why would a career federal law enforcement professional break rank? Why would Comey then turn around 3 months later to say he was reopening the investigation?

As many of you know, I am no fan of Comey, but I’m coming around to think this man had no choice in his actions. As a career investigator Comey I have to say he discovered that people above him in the chain of command were compromised and he needed to take matters in his own hands for the integrity of the FBI.

For Comey to announce he was reopening the Clinton campaign probe just before the election he must have discovered he was played by the Obama administration. That must have been the feeling for him to know he was about to perhaps alter history with the 2016 election.

Historians will tell you 20 years need to go by before any event can be put into proper context. So my assessment is a wee bit early, but I believe Comey’s legacy will be that of a modern-day patriot who stood up for American principles against a corrupt organization in the Hillary campaign and a compliant Obama administration wishing to sweep all this under the rug.

It’s they only way I can judge his actions during those 6 months in 2016 as compared to the rest of his career. Stay tune for the OIG report to perhaps give a glimmer of light into this hypotheses.