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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein confirming that Attorney General Bill Barr is conducting due diligence in redacting classified information and grand jury information before releasing the Mueller report and that Barr’s letter to Congress accurately captured the conclusions in the report. They also scold Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for letting his personal animosity against former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli obstruct President Trump from possibly making a great choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security. And they react to former FBI Director Jim Comey’s pathetic claim that conducting electronic surveillance isn’t really spying.
According to news reports, Robert Mueller has delivered a report to Attorney General Bill Barr. Fox News:
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted to Attorney General Bill Barr his long-awaited report on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race and possible collusion with Trump associates — marking the end of the politically explosive probe and the beginning of a new battle over its contents and implications. Mueller is “not recommending any further indictments,” a senior DOJ official told Fox News.
For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, my guest was Rich Higgins. Higgins, an expert in unconventional warfare and combatting terrorism with over 20 years experience at senior levels of the Defense Department, and early supporter of President Trump, served as director for strategic planning in President Trump’s National Security Council (NSC). Preview Open
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are enjoying Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono getting so much television time. One week after telling all men to “shut up” and admitting she was fine keeping the Supreme Court seat vacant, she admits to CNN that she doesn’t believe Kavanaugh’s denials on sexual misconduct allegations because she doesn’t like the way he rules on cases and fears he would overturn Roe v. Wade. They also blast the “New Yorker” for actually publishing a story from a second “accuser,” despite the fact the accuser could not definitively name Kavanaugh for the misconduct, all named witnesses had no knowledge of the incident in question, and the accuser actually told former classmates in the past week that she wasn’t sure she was targeted by Kavanaugh. And they get dizzy from all the reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is on the verge of resigning or being fired.
A bombshell report from an anonymous source alleges that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a meeting last year with law enforcement officials (I’ve heard reports meeting concerned replacement of FBI Director Comey,) proposed wearing a wire to secretly record President Trump in the context of recruiting Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove […]
Yesterday Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows spearheaded the issuance of articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein. AG Rosenstein has been accused of stonewalling and overredacting documents that were submitted to the House. The two Representatives submitted the articles on behalf of 11 other Representatives to the House Judiciary Committee. If the document is not sent […]
“So, Mr. Horrorwitz,” I continued on cross-examination, “is the DOJ saying that the defendant must say something at the time he or she is committing the crime in order to prove the defendant’s intent?”
“Yes. That has been the DOJ standard since January 2009,” the IG said. “First applied in the investigation of the New Black Panthers voter intimidation case.”
“Certainly Congress should not seek to wreck a criminal investigation, and should be open to acceptable compromises. But Congress shouldn’t let the mere fact of a criminal investigation lead it to step aside and shirk its core constitutional responsibility: holding the government accountable to the people.
“Impeachment is a perfectly appropriate means to this end, which is why the Constitution provides for it. True, the last appointed federal executive impeached by Congress was a cabinet member in the administration of Ulysses S. Grant. But Congress impeached a judge as recently as 2010, and there are no constitutional exemptions for deputy attorneys general…”
In response to Mueller and Rosenstein’s latest move, those who voted for President Trump, and who do not appreciate the establishment they rejected attempting to overturn the election, are casting about for the best course of action. Roger L. Simon writes that Trump must be the strong horse now. Max Ledoux writes that Trump should […]
This Fox News story tells that Sessions is still delaying the special prosecutor for the DOJ and FBI and CIA criminal activities. Sessions referenced a November 2017 letter sent by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, first reported by Fox News, directing senior federal prosecutors to evaluate “certain issues” requested by congressional Republicans, involving the sale of Uranium […]
I would like to know how Rod Rosenstein got his gig as a Deputy Attorney General. Who is responsible for putting his name forward to Trump for this position? Preview Open
Richard Epstein responds to suggestions that the Justice Department may appoint a special prosecutor to probe corruption allegations around Hillary Clinton. Also on the docket: exactly how independent of presidential prerogative should attorneys general be? Is it time for Jeff Sessions to step aside? And are the legal suspicions around both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton evidence of a decline in America’s leadership class — or proof that, for all its flaws, the system still works?
What happened the other day? What could have possessed Deputy AG Rosenstein to sic a special prosecutor on President Trump? This was an act of betrayal. Why is no one characterizing it as such? Like thunder it struck us all. What just happened?
Would anyone working for Eric Holder or Obama have done something like this?
I walked slowly through the tunnel under the US Capitol Building. My longtime friend, attorney, part-time oenophile, and newly appointed Special Counsel II, E. Hobart Calhoun, and I were on our way to E’s first public hearing since his appointment by AG Beauregard Sessions.
E. was appointed to look into the collusion, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and felonious leaking by Special Counsel Robert “Ferris” Mueller, former FBI Director Jim Crony, and numerous Obama holdovers in the Justice Department and the Deep State, all designed to end the Trump Presidency.
Amid the rumors and speculation regarding a new FBI director, the Democrats continue to cry out for a special prosecutor. I kept hearing that this step would be a bad idea, but I decided that finding out the reasons could be helpful. Let me give you some background and the reasons for taking an alternative course for continuing the investigation regarding the Trump campaign and Russia.
Many people are trying to compare Watergate with this current situation, which is a deeply flawed analogy. They are likely referring to Nixon’s firing of Archibald Cox who had been appointed as special prosecutor. Katy Harriger, a professor at Wake Forest University and author of The Special Prosecutor in American Politics, points out that a special prosecutor needs to be able to work independent of the President and Attorney General:
It was thus that Congress passed the Ethics in Government Act. The 1978 law formalized the process that had been going on for a century at that point, creating special prosecutors (renamed independent counsels in 1983, partly to avoid any implication of assumed guilt) and giving a panel of judges the right to pick them. After the law’s expiration in 1999, the Attorney General kept the right to appoint special counsels, with internal regulations determining the circumstances.