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Rod Rosenstein’s final insult to Congress:

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BY: John Solomon

 

On his way out the door from a stormy tenure at the Department of Justice (DOJ), Rod Rosenstein is talking. Just not talking to the congressional committees that he stalled when they demanded his testimony last year.

 

Instead, the departing deputy attorney general is giving a series of off-the-record interviews to reporters, multiple sources confirm to me.

 

For those not privy to the ways of the media, it means Rosenstein is telling his story to reporters in a way that can’t be attributed to him. It’s a classic tactic some politicians and bureaucrats use to shape a legacy — without leaving their public fingerprints on the story line.

 

It also means the House judiciary and oversight committees that aggressively sought Rosenstein’s testimony remain empty-handed months after Republicans on the committees demanded answers under oath to such questions as:

 

  • Did he really talk with FBI officials about a plan to wear a wire and record President Trump, in a plot to gather evidence that would support removing the president from office under the Constitution’s 25th Amendment?

  • Did he really do adequate due diligence and read the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant he signed that gave the FBI a fourth period of time to spy on Trump adviser Carter Page?

  • Did he allow outdated information to be submitted, or exculpatory evidence to be omitted, from the warrant request he submitted to the nation’s secret intelligence court?

Rosenstein managed to escape testifying on these issues by using an “I’m too busy” argument and running out the clock on the Republicans who then controlled the House but gave up power on Jan. 3, after Democrats won the majority in the November election.

 

Rosenstein, who took over the Trump-Russia probe when former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself back in 2017, has made clear he plans to step down as early as next week when Sessions’s replacement, William Barr, presumably is confirmed by the full Senate.

 

Those Republican lawmakers who pursued Rosenstein’s testimony for months aren’t happy now that he is demonstrating he had enough time for reporters in his final days yet never had it for the lawmakers when it came to congressional oversight questions that arose last summer about possible abuse of the FISA process and discussions of secretly recording the president.

 

“Rod Rosenstein’s decision to clear his schedule and talk with reporters is just another example of the deputy AG’s anonymous spin to paint his decision-making in a more favorable light,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). “When given the opportunity to be transparent and tell the truth under oath, he refused. Any stories he shares in his final days at DOJ should be met with a degree of skepticism and a heavy dose of declassification.”

 

Added Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), ranking member on the House Oversight Committee: “Rod Rosenstein plotted against the president and obstructed congressional efforts to get the truth. He should be testifying before Congress, not giving rounds of press interviews to friendly reporters. As he leaves office, Mr. Rosenstein must cooperate fully with IG (Michael) Horowitz’s investigation into Justice Department media leaks. Democrats in Congress should insist on Mr. Rosenstein’s public testimony — a far better use of our time than the Lanny Davis-produced circus with Michael Cohen.”

A DOJ spokesperson for Rosenstein did not return requests for comment.

 

With House Republicans unable to get their answers and, now, out of power on the committees, the only line of direct GOP inquiry will be newly-minted Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Graham has signaled he plans aggressive oversight on the issue of possible FISA abuses in the Russia probe.

 

The question now is whether the information Rosenstein is passing to reporters in his farewell tour will become part of that inquiry.

 

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/429992-rod-rosensteins-final-insult-to-congress-farewell-tim...

 

 

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