Representative Ron DeSantis Confronts Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein About His Conflicts of Interest…

Representative Ron DeSantis confronts Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about Rosenstein’s conflicts of interest in the Mueller probe.  Additionally, DeSantis questions Rosenstein about his specific efforts to block DOJ and FBI document production.

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78 Responses to Representative Ron DeSantis Confronts Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein About His Conflicts of Interest…

  1. missilemom says:

    I thought this was the most important line of questioning today. Watched the whole hearing. Other lines of questioning were more explosive but Rosenstein’s failure to recuse taints entire Special Counsel.

    Liked by 13 people

  2. bullnuke says:

    Don’t know him well enough but Rosenstein looks like he is laughing/smirking with some of his answers. Not a good answer to the question. An obvious candidate for recusal.

    Liked by 11 people

    • The Boss says:

      RR didn’t answer the question at all. Instead, he put on display for all to see what Swamp Survival Skills look and sound like.

      Liked by 7 people

      • Dr.Jay says:

        Indeed he does not answer the question.

        Some of the republicans let that slip and try to do too much in 5 minutes. Simply grill on a single point people. Make sure you have several follow-ups.

        Remember: if you switch the issue you are to some extent accepting the answer.
        Or even just indicating you understand the answer even if you disagree. It is like saying :”Yes, but …” , when in fact you should continue arguing the same point.

        Simply say that you do not understand the answer or have not really received an answer by saying so: ” That is not an answer to my question, would you not agree that a material witness should recuse itself. Do you not agree that a person actively involved with the matter under investigation should recuse himself? Would you not agree that you then have more reasons to recuse yourself that , say, Jeff Sessions”. etc etc etc

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      • Jederman says:

        He would explain why he did’t/shouldn’t recuse himself if he had a good reason. A legit reason. Dodging and tap dancing are the universal indicators for evasion.

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    • bull– what you saw on display was the complete contempt that both Wray and Rosenstein have for the American people.

      Liked by 9 people

      • Julia Adams says:

        Complete, unadulterated contempt for GOP Congresspersons and the American people. Rosenstein lost me at the point (much earlier in the day) when he felt he had to remind Jordan what his (RR) title is and how many people work for him and how darn important he is. He says he is in charge of everything but refuses to be held accountable for anything. His attitude is what is wrong with the DOJ and Washington DC.

        Please President Trump release all classified information now and clear this mess up once and for all.

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    • zimbalistjunior says:

      i think its more of a nervous defense mechanism smile–def not a smile of joy, prob not contempt
      he’s a middle management stooge all of a sudden peter principled into an office bearing more scrutiny than he can handle–he’s not even a good liar

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    • Bonitabaycane says:

      RR finds humor in the coup.

      He needs to be impeached and fired.

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      • Roberto says:

        I don’t think he was finding humor at all. The guy was a nervous wreck. Just watch his right hand as Jordan was barbecuing him. These are not the tics of a smug or calm man.

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    • j1u2l3i4a5 says:

      Rosenstein is a weak jerk. Get rid of him.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. starfcker says:

    Rosenstein appears to be walking a tightrope. I wonder what the consequences are if he falls? He looks to be a man under extraordinary pressure. He also looks to be a man not interested in getting into the weeds of the behavior of his subordinates. He and Chris Wray are a pair. Their denseness has been nurtured and thickened in the bowels of the bureaucracy. It’s stunning for any of us normal people to see the lack of accountability in these organizations that would never be tolerated in any organization where the money wasn’t free.

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    • Martin says:

      To my mind, RR displays a very thinly-veiled contempt for the committee, and finds the necessity of answering their questions more than a little bothersome.

      Liked by 8 people

      • Countrywatch says:

        That is the impression I had, Martin, but why was he doing this, and how could he do this, bearing in mind the seriousness of the investigation? Does he for some reason feel secure in his position? Does he know something that we do not that will “save” him? He seems to come over as someone who is amoral/devoid of the ability to know right from wrong and to feel guilt for wrongdoing.

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        • Martin says:

          He reminds me of a tee shirt I saw a guy wearing the other day…

          I Lack the Time
          and the Crayons
          to Explain It.

          Smug. Like a MENSA member.

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        • pyromancer76 says:

          “This” is how its been going for the last 9 years, if not the last 30. Why should he worry; he is only talking to the peons; he has connections on high. Gives one an immediate rage response, doesn’t it. The more of those responses, the better. These so-called FBI/DOJ leaders/agents are demolishing themselves and their agency.

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        • Cheri Lawrence says:

          Yes typical swamp creature, total narcissist, no empathy, no compassion and absolutely no conscience or moral compass.

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          • Roberto says:

            Disagree. He’s like the boxer who just got rocked but throws a smile on his face as if he isn’t hurt even though he probably just got one of his ribs shattered.

            There is no way in hell any individual gets hauled before a hostile congress and smiles genuinely. (With the possible exception of VSG. But he’s not even human.)

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      • Martin- it is contempt for President Trump and the American People.
        To hell with the both of the traitorous bas****ds.

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        • Daniel M. Camac says:

          Seneca, how true. If the midterms don’t go full blown red and we do this politically, which would be ok for us and VSGPDJT then WE go full blown RED….and remove these seditious POS and take back OUR country! I saw a VSGPDJT tweet recently regarding the border where he basically said if it gets too bad the government will have to step in, i.e. The ARMY. I’m sure he doesn’t want to go there but if things get really bad he will do want needs to be done. In the name of National Security!!

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    • Jay Wizz says:

      He’s not under pressure. He gets to investigate himself and the agencies under his control.

      I will not be persuaded otherwise. It was and is a mistake to not appoint a special counsel(s) to conduct this investigation.

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    • Dr.Jay says:

      He is hiding something, but that may just simply be actual ongoing investigations. By people like Huber. And he is a paper-pushing-by-the-book boy-scout.
      JIMHO 🙂

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  4. Ziiggii says:

    So Strzok is on record from yesterday’s close door hearing agreeing to the fact that his “bias” did affect his actions with re: to the Russia Collusion case?

    😳 – Mr DeStanis just peeked my interest! I agree with the Dems on the Judiciary Committee!

    #RELEASE THE TRANSCRIPTS

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  5. Just another opportunity for Rosenstein, the FBI, and the DOJ to tell the US Congress to take a hike.

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    • Roberto says:

      Not at all. Just another last minute stay for an inevitable date with Old Sparky. Besides, congress is NOT a law enforcement institution. And it wasn’t set up that way. If it was, it would have more power than just censure and impeachment.

      Progress, not perfection. Everyday we learn more and more. Even if it seems as if we aren’t.

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  6. Wow, Rosenstein is just another smug, ivy league prick Deep-State attorney who needs his ass kicked..

    What is Jeff Sessions job again?

    Liked by 9 people

  7. 335blues says:

    ROSENSTEIN IS A LIAR.
    He is lying to Congress, and he is lying to the American people.
    His testimony is not believable.
    He hides behind “I am not permitted to discuss classified information”.
    This is embarrassing information that is “classified”.
    He lies because he believes it is impossible to prove his deception.
    You are a PIG Rosenstein.

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  8. Fleporeblog says:

    I really like Rep. Ron DeSantis! He will have my vote as well as my wife’s vote in the primary and general election in November to be the next great Governor of the State of Florida. I know that he, Rep. Gaetz, Rep. Jordan, Rep. Gohmert, Rep. Goodlatte, Rep Nunes, Rep. Ratcliffe, Rep. Biggs, and Rep Meadows have our backs and more importantly our President’s back.

    This hearing today once again makes a mockery of the FBI and DOJ. The Democrats including Crying Chuck and Nancy Pelosi tried everything in their power to stop the hearing today. Not out of fear a major revelation was going to occur but because Americans will continue to be exposed to the treachery that is currently taking place.

    Our President is breaking ground today on a $250 Billion dollar investment by Foxconn in Wisconsin guaranteeing 15,000 jobs plus an additional 50K+ jobs in the buildup and completion of the campus. This man is literally carrying our country on his back for all of us. Bringing back corporations that would never ever open in our country if it wasn’t for him.

    Yet these fools in the DOJ and FBI are spearheading the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country.

    The Democrats, MSM, Globalist, CoC are fearful that this image compared to where our President is today will allow that COLD ANGER to overcome thousands of additional Americans!

    Liked by 6 people

    • Lindenlee says:

      Yep, Putnam is a sl8ck one,nd is open-borders. Tell your friends in FL how important it is to vote in the primary. I listen to the Putnam ads closely, and it is more important what he OMITS, than what he INCLUDES. When henwas asked today on Fox about immigration, he was very sly.

      He reiterated Trumps Four Pillars, then slid smoothly into a declaration about how important it was to enforce the law. He described Trump’s pillars, but HE DID NOT SAY THAT HE WOULD SUPPORT THE FOUR PILLARS. He very slickly APPEARED to support them, but did not.

      Snake. He stinks to high heaven

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    • jmclever says:

      I l like this one because POTUS is having fun

      Liked by 2 people

    • Daniel M. Camac says:

      Tell’em Flep! I really do believe some on the fence people are getting it now thanks to our Representatives. The Senate is a pigsty that refuses to flush! And those Democratic POS disrupting these hearings should be removed for contempt.

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  9. TNGal says:

    Has RR answered ANY question?

    Liked by 1 person

  10. flyboy51v says:

    I think they are still way too civil with this cretin. He should be excoriated …

    Liked by 2 people

  11. tunis says:

    It seems that the Sessions/Rosenstein DOJ have decided the cover-up is more important than the clean-up. Everything is going to be kabuki. Strzok, Comey, Yates, Lynch – no one will be testifying in front of a grand jury. Trump will keep tweeting and DOJ/FBI will keep obfuscating and running out the clock and Republicans in Congress will keep making threatening noises but not take any action like impeachment. DC always protects their own.

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    • scarlettbr says:

      Did you notice the names the GOP kept questioning about Ohr, and others. All the same names the CT has laid out. The GOP has documents, it seemed like they got the good against this smug guy and they were walking him into a perjury, he was under oath.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Roberto says:

      It’s game over for these guys. VSG has all the docs.

      If Rod Ro is white-hat, he’s preserving a criminal investigation. If not, he’s twisting in the wind or getting squeezed in a vise-grip, choose your metaphor. He’s basically being asked to confess. He can’t be enjoying this especially when he knows VSG has it all and can out him at any time. VSG has said exactly this. So what’s with this pessimism?

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  12. MVW says:

    Rosey has obstructed for so long I wonder that there is any doubt about the game he is playing. And Sessions knows full well what is going on. Sessions has been gaming this too big to jail Obama
    / Clinton mess since day 1.
    Nothing will happen until 2018 midterms, then Trump will clean the DOJ, FBI out. Shame he is not doing it now, but he is a lot smarter than I am on how to deal with this massive Swamp.

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    • farrier105 says:

      I question the wisdom of waiting until after the midterms to expose what these people were doing—campaigning for the Democratic Party candidate for President. If anything backfires between now and then, the entire strategic situation changes.

      If all of these “sealed indictments” are all on these people, lets unseal them NOW. Of course that is not the case at all. Maybe 1/3 of those documents are indictments and no one knows against whom they have been handed down. I doubt if ONE of them is a Clinton or anyone associated with them, McCabe, Comey, Strzok, Page, or any of them. After nearly FIFTY YEARS of watching such people, I would be surprised if it turns out differently.

      Carter page, indict immediately on any thing. We can’t get people indicted who lied under oath multiple times, and not even to gain leverage for testimony against others. No, for some mysterious reason, it is necessary to wait for this, wait for that, wait for some other thing.

      If this goes sideways, no one will bother explaining it. You can ask, but I suspect few of them will be around.

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      • Roberto says:

        Can you please furnish me with just one example of VSG NOT finishing off a mortal enemy that he’s got the all goods on? Just read the chapter in his book on revenge. These guys are not gonna skate on his watch. To let them off the hook would go against every fiber in his being. He’s just taken down the foremost nuclear menace on the planet. And he somehow can’t handle Rosenstein? (Assuming, of course, Rosenstein is black-hat.)

        He’s known exactly what to do with this guy for 18 months.

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        • farrier105 says:

          So, if he’s known for 18 months what to do with this guy, he should DO IT. Look, I keep hearing about SEALED INDICTMENTS. Does anyone know what an indictment is? It IS PROBABLE CAUSE. With a True Bill you get automatic warrants–search warrants, arrest warrants, and a smoother path to surveillance. You have to unseal to get those things. Also, if all of those indictments are of these “black hats,” why bother to even write about this stuff? The ending is preordained, is it not?

          So are they already indicted, but the indictments are sealed for 4D Chess, or are we waiting for sometime in the future for someone to do it, so we must be patient? It can’t be both. You can’t control the Special Counsel and Rosenstein, both ends of the investigation, and have to wait years to take action. Besides, why sweat what I write if all of this is true? It doesn’t matter what I think as this thing is over ALREADY, right? I’ll just eat crow when the the curtain rings down on the “Show.”

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  13. OmegaManBlue says:

    Today Rosenstein displayed, for all to see, what a weasel he is.

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  14. stringplayer55 says:

    Rosenstein: “Congressman, I can assure you that if it were appropriate for me to recuse, I’d be more than happy to do so, haha, but it is my responsibility to do it [big grin]”.

    What a weaselly liar Rosenstein is. Does he think that his disingenuity isn’t on full display? He actually laughs at the apparent joke that it might be (more than) appropriate that he recuse himself from oversight of the Mueller investigation. And then, rather than take a serious tone about the responsibility of oversight of a Special Counsel investigation, he shows his delight that he holds responsibility of oversight over Mueller.

    Lord, what a skunk! I cannot wait for the hammer to drop on Rosenstein so that we can end the charade that has divided this country for the better part of two years now!

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  15. Concernedcitizen says:

    Clearly, anybody with common sense would conclude that Rosenstein should have recused himself from anything having to do with the appointment of a Special Counsel. Rosenstein knows this better than anybody. So why didn’t he recuse himself? The answer has to do with a game Rosenstein and Mueller are playing. Comey may have been involved, but I doubt it. Rosenstein advised Trump to fire Comey, knowing that this would trigger calls for a Special Counsel after Trump followed through on the recommendation. Rosenstein had Mueller lined up for the Special Counsel job. The endgame for Rosenstein and Mueller was to severely damage Trump politically. Impeachment would be a bonus. Rosenstein is a snake.

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    • Leon0112 says:

      Did anyone ask Rosenstein if anyone from the CIA or MI6 tell Halpern or others to approach Trump campaign people? It strikes me as possible all of the stuff in England was likely run by CIA/MI6; not the FBI.

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      • Leane Kamari says:

        yup, remember when Rosenstein said that neither DOJ nor FBI knows the names of the “informants” and that they are in deliberation with CIA and Dan Coats? There is the answer right there!!!!

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    • KBR says:

      The face of contempt is mockery. This smile is mockery. Thus there is no doubt that he hold the House and the people they represent in contempt.

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  17. scarlettbr says:

    One of the most important questions of the day, yet no follow up. Very frustrating.
    It seemed they had information on RR.

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  18. JX says:

    Lock him up!

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  19. listingstarboard says:

    Those smug pricks RR and CW wriggle like worms on a hot brick–just answer the questions jack asses!

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  20. Trump Train says:

    Its time for the gutless republicans to call upon Trump to fire this asshole. Give him some cover.

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  21. littleanniesfannie says:

    If RR stood up in front of Congress and sail “ Hell yes, I did it, I knew I was doing it, and I wanted to set Trump up”, Mad Max would probably jump up and yell “Peach 45”!

    I’m not sure who Wray’s speechwriter is but he must be on vacay. Seems that is the same speech he gave last week.

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  22. littleanniesfannie says:

    By not answering whether anyone from the ObamA administration direct anybody, Halper or anybody, to make contact with anybody associated with the Trump campaign, Rosenstein basically told us all that there is an investigation into that very thing! Will this be IG Report version 6?

    How many times does he have that smug, smarta$$ grin? As my daddy used to say “wipe it off your face or I’ll show you how to wipe it off your face”!

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  23. MaineCoon says:

    RR talks in circles without answering the recusal question and Wray sat like a bump on a log during the entire hearing. When he finally talked he said nothing either. Both just hot air.

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  24. KBR says:

    I wish Matt had stated outright Mr. Rosenstein it is clear that you should have recused yourself: your conflicts include..,

    I wish Matt had asked Rosenstein, “Do you find this funny? Because the citizens watching this do not find it funny, I assure you, and neither does the Congress.”

    Any time Rosenstein put on that smile, or laughed, he should have been called out for it, told that this matter was serious, and finally:

    “Mr. Rosenstein, have you heard of a mental abberation wherein a person smiles or laughs at inappropriate times, especially when he is nervous?

    “If you have that condition, could you present a psychiatrist’s statement to that effect?

    “If not, your smirks, grins, and laughter during this very serious investigatory questioning session by the United States House of Representatives must surely be held as your mockery of the House, and of the entire US Citizenry watching you right now on television, which citizens the House represents. And it will be considered as your mockery of this hearing, as we make our decision whether to hold you in contempt and perhaps even put you into jail, and whether to impeach you.”

    Is it personal? It sure is.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      ““Mr. Rosenstein, have you heard of a mental abberation wherein a person smiles or laughs at inappropriate times, especially when he is nervous?

      “If you have that condition, could you present a psychiatrist’s statement to that effect? ”

      Hopefully those questions can get forwarded to the half dozen or so congressmen that would actually use them in the future. The way things are going, it might not be too long.

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  25. Nightstand says:

    Now that everyone has sounded off on what they think of Rosenstein, I actually think he did very well. Rosenstein did not answer some questions the way the askers wanted but he did answer the questions. Now before you guys have some knee jerk action , please think about this , Rosenstein and his boss ,Sessions are both Trump appointees. Trump knows what is going on, he is not in the dark. Rosenstein also knows that Trump knows. There are ‘ actions’ going on behind the scenes that you and I don’t know about , but more importantly the black hats don’t know about , at least not fully. Don’t be so quick to criticize Rosenstein, he is playing out his roll with Trumps approval. If he were not , believe me trump would have removed him and he , Trump is not afraid to do that. Everything is going as planned. We want instant gratification but you can’t have it. The wheels of justice turn slowly. As Sundance has told time and time again, trust the plan and trust Trump. Don’t whine and cry because you can’t have the ice cream now , wait until after supper.

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  26. goldensfan says:

    Rod Rosenstein: NoBAB
    ~
    NoBAB: Nothing But A Bureaucrat
    ~
    Bureaucrats protect the government, protect their own positions within the government and refuse to be anything but compliant bots.

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  27. Nightstand says:

    But you still are not getting your ice cream until after supper.

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