Senator Chuck Grassley Asks Rod Rosenstein if He Gave Mueller Independent FISA Authority…

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has sent a letter (full pdf below) and list of questions to Asst. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein asking about the appointment, instructions and power of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The primary question within the letter is: under what authority, and within what statute, is the AAG authorized to assign a counterintelligence investigation to a special counsel:

“More specifically, section 600.1 states the Attorney General “will appoint a Special Counsel when he or she determines that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted.” The omitted regulations do not authorize counterintelligence investigations.”

One of the questions within the letter is additionally interesting. SEE:

What an odd framework for a question.

Did Rod Rosenstein refuse to answer the question on May 18th, 2017?

Why would Senator Grassley make note of that question, and then ask that exact same question again in this letter?

If Robert Mueller has the independent autonomy to request and receive FISA surveillance warrants; against the backdrop of DOJ and FBI admissions of massive abuse of the FISA(702)(16)(17) database searches; and considering there is an actual OIG investigation into FBI conduct and engagement with the FISA court; such independent authority would be an alarming scope of power granted to the Special Counsel’s office by Rod Rosenstein.

It will be interesting to see how Rosenstein responds.  Here’s the full letter:


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696 Responses to Senator Chuck Grassley Asks Rod Rosenstein if He Gave Mueller Independent FISA Authority…

  1. Publius2016 says:

    Why is Senate trying to “justify” an unconstitutional investigation? The “letter” is in full support of Special Counsel and really a time waster! Hope Judge Ellis ends the Witchhunt Today! The question are really CYA! The fact a Deputy AG feels they can authorize counter intelligence without oversight is 100% UnAmerican; these are the actions of an out of control Deep State…based on these actions and the supposed need of counter intelligence, the memo produced to Judge Ellis may itself be inaccurate to “protect the sensitivity of the matter.”


  2. James M Rector says:

    Kiethbb; thanks for the kudos. Actually, after reading the transcript of the initial appearence, im on record saying I hope Judge ellis DOESN’T dismiss, yet.
    I can’t wait to hear him rip in to prosecutors, “justify a pre-dawn raid, guns drawn, etc. because you feared destruction of evidence, on financial ‘crimes’, dating back to 2007?!!! Quit p*ssing down my leg, and telling me its raining!!!”
    In fact, I wonder if ellis isn’t looking for some readon NOT to dismiss, cause he forsees LOTS of fun, ripping Mueller team to shreds.

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  3. James M Rector says:

    “Its a CRIMINAL investigation,..”
    “Its a COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE investigation,..”
    Its TWO, TWO TWO investigations, one!”
    Wondering if Mueller or Rosie has a twin?

    Liked by 4 people

  4. Publius2016 says:

    Read this joke of a letter again…Think UNIPARTY Deep State is trying to get Independent Prosecutor Law revived now that Special Prosecutor is DOA! Grassley asks questions that buy more Mueller time while arguing that Congress is working on “solutions”…it’s a 100% Congressional Insurance!!!

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    • L4grasshopper says:


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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      Why did Grassley write this “joke” letter at all then?

      Why expose this? The MSM isn’t even slightly interested. The Dems sure aren’t.
      In fact, they are all excusing all of this. Seems to me if you’re trying to hide something you don’t write a public letter about it. And if that’s the case,…. Grassley wouldn’t have.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Lucille says:

      So Grassley is Deep State? No, absolutely NO evidence of that, and quite the opposite.


  5. It sure took Grassley long enough to send this letter, is all I gotta say. It’s been an entire year you’d think the Judiciary Committee would look at the authorization letter and then look at the Special Counsel statute and see that 2 + 2 does not equal 5, and counter-intelligence does not equate to criminal investigation like within a week of Mueller’s appointment. It’s not rocket science.

    Then there’s the fact that Grassley actually voted in favor of a bill to protect Mueller by legislation and I get the feeling that this is only now being done because voters are getting pissed over the foot dragging. Truth is, it’s still just talk until the perp walks start.

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    • noswamp says:

      Ditto, my friend.


    • roubaix says:

      Even Nunes raises problems with me, despite all his positive efforts over the past year or so. He waited until after FISA was extended by Congress to disclose details of the ways that FISA was blatantly abused to target Trump. This prevented any meaningful reforms to the system.

      Liked by 4 people

      • David Munday says:

        I believe Nunes commented on Fox news that he was outraged about the FISA vote in the midst of this scandal. I think he’s a stud.

        Liked by 7 people

        • roubaix says:

          Do you have a link? I don’t remember what he said about this issue. And I don’t think Nunes supported Massie’s amendment to end warrantless searches of the FISA database, but he did support the overall renewal. FISA will not be debated again until 2023.

          FISA passed the House Jan 11. The FISA abuse memo came out Jan 18. That certainly looks like they withheld info from the rest of Congress.

          It’s interesting that Ron DeSantis sent a letter to Paul Ryan on Jan 9 demanding that all House Intel documents relating to the dossier be declassified.

          I respectfully request that you direct Chairman Nunes to declassify those documents in his committee’s possession immediately

          Liked by 2 people

        • josco scott says:

          Nunes IS a stud.

          Grassley said he signed it b/c he’d promised, not b/c he liked it.

          His publicizing all of this, so frequently, is praiseworthy.

          It’s never going to be exactly as we think it should be or on our time schedule. As always, it’s good to give people the benefit of the doubt and try to oust the villains–there are so many of them.

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      • Shadrach says:

        You mean the same Nunes who was the subject of an (hog-tying) ethics review from April 2017 to December 2017?

        Liked by 5 people

      • cwf60 says:

        President Trump is in this alone. I do not trust many of the people around him. I hope that I am wrong, but this back and forth, good cop bad cop, with the supposed good guys playing both roles makes me think the American people are being played.


    • Then you got to ask yourself why President Trump’s legal team didn’t go to court back in May, 2017, to block the illegal Special Counsel authorization by Rosenstein??


      • Kathy says:

        For all the 3D chess Treepers … Some of the Q kids are speculating that having FISA authority would allow SC Mueller to obtain evidence against the cabal — quietly, very quietly.


      • Because the President and his campaign was the target of the Special Counsel investigation. Any move by Trump to use the specious nature of the authorization letter to shut Mueller down would have looked bad politically. Another branch of government would have to do the heavy lifting and that would be and is Congress.


    • lotbusyexec says:

      For “some” it takes many splaining for the 💡 to finally go off or for those in Rio Linda,for the dots to be connected 😉


  6. noswamp says:

    Grassley protecting Mueller before is telling me that he is trying to send a signal to Rosie to do something. Corrupt is as corrupt does. The ship is sinking and these politicians are still trying to protect themselves and their narrative. I have not heard that term in a while, the Uniparty. The term fits like a glove.

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  7. Sessions is Trump’s pick for AG (Rosenstein was merely re-appointed to be deputy) but he recused himself from the Russia investigation. He’s been kept in the dark by other members of the DOJ and kept himself in the dark as well. Perfect!!

    Imagine Sessions is the one who responds to all these Congressional inquiries.
    Get it? Trump’s guy Sessions in cahoots with a Republican Congress!

    This fiasco of an investigation from start to finish is ALL ON THEM.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. Sharpshorts says:

    So who’s in charge?
    Who can decide what powers a SC can or cannot be assigned? Who can overturn a Special Council’s authority? Where are the checks and balances?

    MORE LAWS and regulations are needed to fix this mess, right?
    OR — depending on your mindset, to put the fix in forever.
    It’s obvious to me what we really need is more lawyers (/s)…to search through existing law…
    (what, 135,000 Federal laws already on the books and we are still debating who’s in charge?)
    Reminds me of the outrage when President Regan was shot and Al Haig commented from the White House “I’m in charge here” … a statement which was deliberately misinterpreted to mean that he was announcing a coup. Were’s that outrage today?

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  9. Foxy says:

    The fact that the SC was appointed in violation of the statute (i.e. no allegation of criminal activity) should tell everyone here all they need to know. These guys – all of them, bureauocrats, politicians are not concerned about the law – they are above it. If, in their views, actions need to be taken they’re doing it regardless of the legality of their actions and without fear of consequences.

    Liked by 6 people

  10. stringplayer55 says:

    Oh, say, can you see? By the dawn’s early light
    What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming;
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
    O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming.
    And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air.
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:
    Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave?
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    ssssssssssssssssssssssssssss-Boom, BOOM
    ssssssssssssssssssssssssssss-Boom, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM-BOOM

    Grassley’s letter to Rosenstein is the BEST DAMN THING I’ve seen yet for calling out the hypocrisy of the Mueller investigation. He just NAILS Rosenstein here. How can Rosey duck this? If he does, Congress has an absolute DUTY to hold Rosenstein in contempt of Congress. If Rosey continues to duck the Grassley letter after a contempt vote, or fails to give a satisfactory answer, impeachment proceedings should be commenced.

    Given the reporting this week from the sympathetic media that the FBI only opened a counterintelligence investigation against the Trump campaign and not a criminal investigation, given that Rosenstein said that Mueller’s appointment was to continue the investigations that the FBI was conducting under Comey, and given that the only basis for appointing a Special Prosecutor is to conduct a criminal investigation, then the only satisfactory response from Rosenstein would be to immediately pull the plug on the Mueller investigation – followed by his own immediate resignation!

    Unfortunately, I don’t see Rosenstein offering a satisfactory response. So Congress would almost surely have to impeach Rosenstein. I can see impeachment in the House. But given that 67 votes would be needed in the Senate, I’m afraid that a conviction in the Senate would not occur. Since there appears to be absolutely no integrity in the Dems, and given the corruption that we see from the Senate Intel committee, Rosenstein probably will respond from a position in which he feels insulated against the consequences that are rightfully due – and this whole farce, this all-out assault on the integrity of the Constitution, will continue. 😢

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    • If Rosenstein ends up impeached in the House [a stretch, given the dirt he’s likely accumulated with Comey on UniParty members], President Trump would have every reason to fire him over a “loss of confidence” and to “begin the restoration of public trust in our DOJ and FBI” that Rosenstein controlled.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Mark McQueen says:

      I think incompetence and misprision of office would be enough to fire him…just like Comey.


    • TPW says:

      If Grassley and the other Republican traitors have to admit the SC was not legal …..well then Trump needs to step in and fire all of them ….end it ….however you want to put it. Grassley and other fake friendlies will not be justified in their objections to Trumps decision. No justification for Impeachment proceedings that they have threatened


  11. Pat Frederick says:

    (Tiptoeing through the Sessions comments is getting easier–scroll, scroll, scroll…)

    Timing is everything! a year ago, the public would not have welcomed sunlight into Mueller’s investigation—but now? Lines are being crossed, outrage is increasing, and transparency is being sought.

    This has been a long waged, hard fought battle for our country–orchestrated by perhaps the greatest minds of our time–and patience by the audience is certainly waning. But a battle plan needs to have all the pieces in place before the deadly strike begins or some of the combatants will surely escape.

    Everyone is playing their part–this is slowly becoming a unifying process–not just Dems vs Repubs–but Deep State vs ALL OF US. The destruction of client/attorney privilege, the trampling of privacy of citizens, rampant governmental overreach and misconduct–all this will help to unify us in ways we never thought possible given the Obama years.

    I trust our President and I’m looking forward to our country as he envisions it–that’s a country I very much want to live in!

    Liked by 11 people

    • MustangBlues says:

      ”(Tiptoeing through the Sessions comments is getting easier–scroll, scroll, scroll…)”

      Ditto: one thousand times!! Too many are envenomed against Sessions; bizarre dribbles
      of speculation, imaginings, biases and conflated syllogisms masquerading as facts.

      Session haters sound like NRA haters, it is the gun that did it, so hang all gun owners.

      Bottom line: Sessions is from the South, and worse, from Alabama, and his middle name is Beauregard. The haters are keeping their street cred with communist progressives.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Summer says:

      Guess what? Without Sessions’s refusal, or better yet, without his appointment as the AG, you would not be tiptoeing or even discussing Mueller’s actions because NONE OF THIS MUELLER CRAP WOULD EVER HAVE HAPPENED.

      Sessions is ULTIMATELY responsible for the Mueller’s malfeasance from which President Trump, his family and associates suffered for over a year, with no end in sight. As if the Obama/Clinton- orchestrated coup was not enough.
      Sessions caused irreparable harm. No forgiveness for him, ever. Irredeemable.


  12. CaptainNonno says:

    Not sure what difference it makes regarding the ‘authority to pursue FISA apps if all you really need is a secret f…King letter that bypasses judicial and congressional oversight.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mark McQueen says:

      Yep. It’s definitely time to change the way the Govt. is allowed to ignore the Bill of Rights. FISA/FISC is a bad idea and National Security Letters are absolutely ridiculous.

      Liked by 4 people

  13. Foxy says:

    My guess is that, much like the universe, it will end with a whimper rather than a bang.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Tony Bonagura says:

    Stop referring to this mess in Washington as “draining the swamp.” This has become a massive sewage leak, it is now one bad ass CESSPOOL of DIRTY COPS and POLITICIANS.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. thedoc00 says:

    Mueller hung his hat on “Secrete Verbal Instructions” in his letter to the courts when countering a motion by Michael Cohen about the validity of Mueller’s actions. No matter the opinions on the use of “verbal instructions or agreements that particular judge agreed with Mueller.

    So, congressional oversight is needed of those secrete verbal orders as they expanded the original written order provided to congress.

    There needs to be an accounting of “Rosenstein’s Verbal Orders” and that list of orders needs to be committed to paper along with a statement declaring any verbal order or understandings by Mueller are moot, plus future changes to those orders will be via written correspondence. This is an action Sessions can take.


    • Avi says:

      this is how Gestapo Müller sees Cohen:


      • Charlotte says:

        ^^^ I wish someone would tweet this pic and the comment .Mueller and the world needs to see what a Nazi /Laventriy Beria he really is.
        “Find me the man and I’ll find the crime”


    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      The idea that ypu can turn a Special Counsel.loose with “secret, verbal instructions” is outrageous, deeply disturbing, and quite possibly unconstitutional. This sort of action is a big reason we fought the Revolutionary War.

      Liked by 2 people

      • T.L.T. says:

        We’re going to be fighting another one if they don’t find just resolution of ths obamanation of lawlessness discovered by people like Adm Mike Roger, Devin Nunes, Sundance etc etc…Sara Carter, Sharyl Attkisson….many.

        The theory that Trump’s got it in the bag MUST play out…or we’re all screwed to various degrees.

        My local streets have become MUCH more lawless in the 3 years since dope legalisation. And BLM terrorism.


  16. wodiej says:

    What would be interesting is why it took so long for this question to be asked.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. CopperTop says:

    Firefly found what I have been looking for over discussions who is the spy: “The professor met with Trump campaign co-chair Sam Clovis in late August, offering his services as a foreign-policy adviser, The Washington Post reported Friday, without naming the academic.
    Clovis did not see the conversation as suspicious, his attorney told the paper — but is now “unsettled” that “the professor” never mentioned he’d struck up a relationship with Page.

    The marketswork website had stated that there was a second person. It is Sam and what’s important is that Sam was interviewed officially or they would not have the point and counter point. Only Clovis could say that Halper didn’t tell him about Papa. And only Papa can say he didn’t know about Clovis.

    This is important because it means waaaay back THESE interviews would have given way to corroborate (YES) that Rogers was telling the truth and the Five Eyes & his version of the analysis was the truth due to official interviews (probably close-door House). It eventually lead to a change in personnel in the UK version of SIGINT.

    Judge Ellis ties in specifically because he lead the judicial council on getting rid of Indep Council/Prosecutors and reigning in the Special Council. He knows that factually his judges specifically do not want the SC conducting counter-intelligence.

    (Oh and The Queen said NO Obama cannot come to the wedding).

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  18. rudy1876 says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the IG(s) reports are sealed for 50 years. I mean, what’s the rush after all?


  19. Ospreyzone says:

    Rod Rosenstein is and always has been poison. He has full control of the DOJ now and I’d be surprised if he hasn’t relegated Jeff Sessions to some cubicle in a back room. He knows he’s in a fight for his life and so he launched a first-strike ballistic missile (Mueller) with 13-seasoned prosecutors as warheads.

    Mueller isn’t just another dirty cop. He’s a master craftsman and conspiracy charges are his stock in trade. They are virtually impossible to defend against. He has to produce some charge against PDJT so that the wheels of impeachment have traction, should the Dems retake the House.

    This is Mueller’s life’s mission (and the mission of the permanent state) fueled by the maximum energy of the swamp, an entity that does not abide failure. Remember, the only currency in Washington is power, and with trillions at stake, regaining that power is the only thing that is important.


    • Jim Ryan says:

      If all of this gets outed as a steady drip from now until mid-term elections, the powers that be will not be pleased with the results. Mueller could wind up teaching at a community college, and Clapper/Brennan will become the poster boys for an overhaul of the intelligence apparatus.


    • thinkthinkthink says:

      You forgot the /sarc notation OZ.


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