Sunday Talks: Rod Rosenstein -vs- Chris Wallace…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosentein, appears on Fox News Sunday to discuss leak investigations and the ongoing Mueller probe into the 2016 election.

If special counsel Robert Mueller finds any crime outside the scope of the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, then he’ll have to seek permission, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said.

If there’s evidence of a crime that’s found within the scope of what they have agreed, then Mueller has free rein, Rosenstein explained. If it’s outside the scope of the probe, then “he needs to come to the acting attorney general, at this time me, for permission to expand his investigation,” he added. Rosenstein noted this as a precedent, which was also followed by independent counsel Ken Starr during the Clinton years.

Reports have come out over the past couple months about how the probe is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, and that Mueller has impaneled grand juries, capable of issuing subpoenas.

These reports and more have relied on anonymous sources, against whom Rosenstein cautioned could be unreliable. He dubbed these reports, “speculation in the news media.”

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335 Responses to Sunday Talks: Rod Rosenstein -vs- Chris Wallace…

  1. Dan says:

    Let’s not forget Rosenstein did recommend the firing of Comey. That was a laudable decision. I don’t know what’s going on, bu I do recall Sundance early on exclaiming that the appointment of a special prosecutor by him was ” brilliant.”. Could this be a rope a dope move??

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    • mimbler says:

      Yes, but rosie immediately undercut PDJT when his memo was published and said he wrote it because PDJT asked him to.

      I respect opposing opinions, but for me; if I have to make a complicated “what if” conjecture to support my opinion, I start re-examining my position.

      I was against the SC from the beginning, because to my simple brain, mueller was a bad guy, appointed by a bad guy to do bad things.

      I’ve been watching for additional facts, willing and happy to change my mind, but haven’t seen a single fact to indicate otherwise so far.

      I’m still standing by though. I’ve reversed my opinion before, and I’m sure I will again.

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  2. Truthfilter says:

    I have always suspected that Deep State would manufacture evidence against POTUS if necessary. I think they’ve already been working on it. Could it be that they are buying time until they get this Russian hacker extradited to the U.S. from Prague? He claims our FBI offered him money and citizenship if he confessed to hacking DNC emails at the request of DJT. He refused the offer. He has been rotting in a top security prison cell for almost a year. Was approved in late May for extradition to both Russia and U.S. Now a judge is still deciding on which country will receive him. I believe his claims. I think our FBI has been looking at many hackers and probably making similar offers. Then all they (CIA) has to do is insert the Russian fingerprints into the codes. Vault 7. It can be done.

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/30/suspected-russian-hacker-step-closer-to-us-extradition-yevgeniy-nikulin

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  3. Mike diamond says:

    Chris just wears me out makes me want to go take a nap ! The deep state is very deep we need to pray that they will get caught in their own traps !

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  4. liberty3 says:

    Open Your e to what is happening http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450183/robert-mueller-grand-jury-report-law-crime-military-justice-conduct-unbecoming-impeachment All being manipulated from the :”ex-offficio” white house of Obama and Jarrett in Washington. Next question: many of these players were appointed Obama??

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    • Chickficshun says:

      It’s National Review. I’m not saying Mueller is witch hunting but I also know National areview is never trump and desperate for page clicks.

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      • benifranlkin says:

        Did u read it? It’s Andy McCarthy’s and well written to explain how Mueller doesn’t need a crime committed to get the President impeached…all he needs is innuendo, a grand jury and a hostile Senate. So read what the enemy has crafted and be prepared for all possibilities. Howie has already alluded to this and now we see it in living color.

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      • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

        Yeah, haven’t bothered with NeverTrump Review Online in years now. They are harping on the worst case scenario of course. Even huge egos like Mueller & Comey know that if they do manage to damage Trump and Congress starts any impeachment proceedings the country explode with the fury of 75 million MAGA supporters.
        People will not allow their hard work and votes to be nullified by fiat. Career politicians, pundits, and witch hunters will not be immune to their wrath. They know that and they are all essentially cowards in pinstripe.
        This is all political theatre and press ratings hype which will lead nowhere.

        Good piece by Clarice over at AmericanThinker today. 🙂

        http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/08/a_consequential_president_in_the_time_of_pygmies.html

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    • JustSomeInputFromAz says:

      Dude or Dudette, why post the same stupid article multiple times?

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    • benifranlkin says:

      I just sent this article to the White House and President Trump. It’s time for all hands on deck.

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  5. trialbytruth says:

    Lordy having reviewed this thread twice no thrice I conclude that the pearl clutchers are losing their grip on their pearls.

    Let us assume the worst that Muller will investigate exactly how Donny Trumps neighbors goldfish “Sparkels” died in 1949. Suddenly the media is aghast with stories of the young murderous Trump. Kindergarten teachers everywhere send parents home notes pinned to their charges shirts warning parents to not let Trump invade the living room through their TV screens. Spontaneous protest pop up everywhere people wearing goldfish finned hats carrying signs saying ” I am Sparkles”

    At first there are weak denials. Claims of not remembering and then……..President Trump calls for a prime time appearance.

    The cabal of press speculate the popntif pontificate, and the experts exude confidence that this is indeed the end. The President will resign. Pence will become the new president although there are some nagging questions about his involvement with a lemonade price fixing scheme with a 5th grader names Gucci.

    The President appears at the podium as the camera pans wide Ivanka on his left Melania on his right both wearing the Classic Blue Dress of forgiveness. Trump picks up the mike and says
    “I did it I flushed the damn fish now can we get back to business” smiles at Melania drops mike and takes her arm as Ivanka walks over and takes his other arm.

    As they walk away you notice the slit in there dresses just shows a tiny piece of the fish net stockings underneath.

    Seriously folks they are not going to impeach our President. Bad press is President Trumps life blood. America is more interested in how President Trump will ensnare the press in their own traps then anything negative they have to say. To all of you here that have actually worn a pussy hat you may carry on. The rest take a deep breath and play your worst fantasy out in your head and you will see there is no there there

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    • benifranlkin says:

      Is much easier that u think to impeach our President with the hostile Senate that wants him gone. Read Andy McCarthy’s article and u will see what I mean. No crime need be committed to get it done.

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      • JustSomeInputFromAz says:

        The House has the power to Impeach and then the “Trial” is conducted by the Senate.

        So the good news: the House is up for election every two years…..there are some RINO’s in the House and there are some good folks…..even with Ryan around I just do not see House Republicans trying an Impeachment stunt now.

        Rather I think the good House Republicans already sense that the Senate GOP’ers are throwing them under the bus with the Senates dither on Obamacare…….impeachment is only possible if the Dem’s take over the House in ’18 or the GOP’ers somehow take over the House in ’18.

        So WE must figure out a way to HOLD THE LINE.

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        • benifranlkin says:

          thanx for your input

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        • Howie says:

          Trillions in bribes and graft are at stake.

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          • JustSomeInputFromAz says:

            I agree, but it is mostly the Senate that is corrupt.

            The 17th made them a six year term HOR (in the name of combating corruption).

            Have a little faith!

            WE got President Trump elected and has you have send before we would storm the “Bastille” if they go too far.

            BR!

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        • Howie says:

          Not all of them. All the democrats and 30 RINO is alls it takes. In the Senate 48 democrats and 18 RINO. It would be a coup. Just my imagination?

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          • trialbytruth says:

            Play it all the way through Howie assuming you got the house to go along. What would the public reaction to the overreach be.

            The public crucified the repubs for what they saw as an overreach on Clinton. Thats small potatoes compared to what will be seen as acoup attempt on a populist President.

            By the time it got to the Senate it would be toxic.

            The pols are doing kubuki in hopes you wont notice they are not getting anything done. Thats all they can do stall and try to play out an 8 year clock. Lots of luck with that.

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          • jmbuck says:

            They will not do that. I believe that the only way President Trump loses is if he loses the support of the people (check out The Art of War by Sun Tzu) . That is not going to happen. In fact, he is gaining support and they are losing it as their true alliances are exposed.

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      • Howie says:

        Just a report. By the Swampers in the DC Grand Jury. What else could the scheme be?

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        • benifranlkin says:

          Looks like that might do it. Glad McCarthy spelled it out. Gotta nip it in the bud. Must make everyone aware of the possibility/likelihood of the scheme and think of ways P45 can thwart their efforts. I wonder if his lawyers and he are thinking about it.

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      • trialbytruth says:

        Hostile house and a Hostile senate High Crimes and Misdemeanors, and a voting population which will tolerate it. The Repubs took a beating in the house and senate as a result of a voting population which assumed Clinton was being persecuted for lying about sex. They wouldn’t consider a political disaster like that again.

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        • benifranlkin says:

          Did u ever think that Republicans would treat their own President as they are? Trillions of $ at stake. I assume the Uniparty will impeach him at any expense. In the meanwhile I think we should let everyone know about the DC GJ Swamper scheme including letting the Swampers in Congress know we are on to them, too.

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      • Trumpeter says:

        Impeachment must start in the house, and every single one of them is up for reelection in 15 months.
        I say start the process now so we can see who to focus our primary energies on. Bring it on.

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      • Ned says:

        Impeachment is POLITICAL.
        You are right a crime does not need to have been committed.
        EVERY SINGLE SENATOR voted for the Pro Forma – EVEN TED CRUZ!
        That is not good!

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  6. Dale Robbins says:

    It is WAY PAST TIME to take action against the criminal leakers. DO IT NOW or shut the hell up!!! Well Mr Rosenstien, since you’re the #2 cat at DoJ and not just a pundit, were is the investigation, grand jury and indictments? I want to see if he reins in Mueller who has already gone way beyond his original parameters. Doubtful. I do NOT trust Rosenstein. Rosenstien will only go after Trump supporters or conservatives who leak. Any RINOs, Never-T, Obama hold overs are all safe –bet on it. Rosenstein is no friend of The American People and should not hold any position of power. There is also a clear conflict of interest in this case, being best buds with Comey and all. Unfortunately, Mueller is not way beyond his parameters. Rosenstein’s order creating the position is vague and comprehensive and can be read to go after anyone for anything. He knew what he was doing. Precisely why the “special counsel” should immediately be dissolved. The blank check Rosenstein cut this Mueller cat is unprecedented – not to mention unconstitutional. I don’t mind one being appointed, but good god man, it has to have clearly defined parameters. There was never any grounds for an investigation. Comey said Mr. Trump was NOT under investigation, and there was NO evidence of wrongdoing!!!
    I don’t believe for a second that Rosenstein chose Mueller the day after Comey leaked his memos…it would have been planned in advance for Mueller to accept so quickly. He did it based on illegal leaks and since he wrote the letter to fire Comey he would also be a witness…how can he also be in charge of the investigation? Now Trump should work on getting Rosenstein to recuse himself as Rachel Brand would take over the investigation. She was confirmed 52-46…the democrats don’t like her. What worries me about the new FBI director was that he was confirmed 92-5..and is almost as popular with the democrats as Rosenstein.

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  7. jnearen2013 says:

    Rosenstein needs to be fired forthwith.

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  8. lfhbrave says:

    Any one who wants to know what the other side is thinking about the Mueller investigation and their expectation, Maureen Dowd has a piece yesterday in NYT. It makes very clear what they expect Mueller to do and I am convinced that is what the Deep State/Swamp, via Sessions(?)-Rosenstein-Comey-Mueller’s perfectly timed joint venture, wants to accomplish. And they finally get to work on it without any impediment, thanks to DOJ and Congress.

    It appears POTUS’s only defense now is his voters.

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  9. trialbytruth says:

    One more thing before i say.goodnight.

    Please remember Tbe poiticians you are expecting to pull off all this intrigue have proved over and over again they are spineless weasels.They could not swing an election and they d9 not have the cahones to pull off a coup.

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  10. ray76 says:

    The scope of Rosenstein’s authorization is wide open.

    Rosenstein has violated regulations governing the appoint of a special counsel – 28 CFR 600.1 which requires a CRIMINAL investigation, not a counter-intelligence investigation which is what Comey clearly described, and which is what Rosenstein cited.

    Rosenstein has violated regulations governing appointment of a special council He has demonstrated incompetence and has disgraced himself.

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    • ray76 says:

      Rosenstein’s authorization memo appointing Mueller does not state the grounds for the authorization:

      • what violation(s) of law are suspected
      • what evidence exists to support those suspicions

      Rosenstein is incompetent.

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      • lfhbrave says:

        IIRC, he said there was some sort of understanding between Mueller and DOJ as to the scope of the investigation and Mueller needed to get permission from him if he found something that might be considered outside of the scope.
        I found this arbitrary at the best. He is using Starr’s investigation as a reference point.

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  11. pmdea says:

    On a note with Mueller, re dropping off some uranium (from a foreign country) on a tarmac, to give to Russia, per Secretary Clinton. Can someone tell me if this is normal for the FBI director to be doing this…. Or would CIA, National Security or some other department normally have been involved in this unusual plot. Just wondering how close or what Hillary has on him.

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  12. OK, fair enough, reports with anonymous sources, allegedly revealing the secret proceedings of Grand Juries, are “speculative” and “might not be reliable”.

    Pre Rosenstein, Mueller is looking for criminal acts uncovered by the FBI’s “Russian election hacking” counter-intelligence investigation.

    In that case, Mueller can only be looking for “Russians” acting in some official, covert capacity conspiring with Americans to commit illegal acts related to the 2016 Presidential election prior to Nov. 8, 2016. To our knowledge, there is no evidence of any such “collusion”. Furthermore, we know for a fact that the only member of the Trump campaign/Administration alleged to have done ANYTHING unethical/illegal is Gen. Flynn for failing to properly disclose lobbyist work for Turkey. Turkey is not Russia, and anything Mueller uncovers is beyond the scope of his investigation.

    Mueller’s army of lawyers, widely reported to be “Democrat operatives”, is heavy on financial crime prosecutors. The anonymous sources tell us these investigators are looking for illegal funds coming from Russian sources to Trump personally, or the Trump organization. Presumably within the scope of Mueller’s investigation, but easily outside of it as well and this would only be an issue for Trump (and family) if it was found that they knowingly helped Russians launder “Kremlin money” (the ability to prove that seems very doubtful).

    The subpoenas reportedly issued to Donald Trump, Jr. regarding his meeting with the Russian lawyer (i.e. lobbyist) regarding “adoptions” isn’t illegal, or even unethical.

    All indications are that Mueller is coming up with a dry hole, and Rosenstein is making noises that indicate he is keeping Mueller narrowly boxed in regarding what he can investigate. The likely outcome is that the Grand Jury will “no bill” and Mueller’s investigation will come to a close.

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  13. Mike says:

    Seems to me Rosey’s statement is just to keep the heat down for now and give rino’s cover with the fig leaf about a boxed in mandate, while laying the foundation in the narrative that when Mueller ends up way outside the original ‘narrow box’ it’s still legit.

    Does anyone really think that Rosey will put the brakes on anything Mueller brings to him? They will rationalize shamelessly and prosecute anything they come up with as if it were the reincarnation of benedict arnold.

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  14. adombom says:

    Rosenstein: “what was the potential harm caused by the leak, what were the circumstances? That’s more important to us than who it is, who is the leaker.”
    folks, these are weasel words spoken on Sunday w/Chris Wallace on FOX. He just broadcast his intention NOT to prosecute a leaker based on whether or not a harm was caused, not the crime of leaking. My contention is that a leaker should be prosecuted whether any harm was done or not. THE LEAK IS THE CRIME, not how serious it is.

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  15. ej says:

    The problem is that the Scope includes anything “directly” resulting from the investigation. Seems circular to me. Basically, anything they find, is in scope.

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  16. Mike says:

    I’d say this interview is a great opportunity for Trump to fire Rosey (if he wants to). Not getting max tough on leaks is an insubordination that is totally arms-length from the Mueller investigation, and Rosey’s comments are basically an invitation for leaks to continue (despite a few sound bites to the contrary), that Rosey is business as usual on leaks.

    Backstabbing Rinos would have little leg to stand on when the issue is lack of aggressiveness about plugging leaks that hurt the country.

    IMO breaking up the Rosey-Mueller racket is key (unless somehow Trump wants them both to stay in some kind of long-game trap for all the marbles). At the very least Mueller needs to answer to someone Trump can trust.

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  17. Mike diamond says:

    I’m so glad Chris is not in charge of anything !!!

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