The media were going bananas this morning with proclamations of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on the cusp of being fired and headed to the White House.

Firing is not how leverage works.

According to both President Trump (via tweet), and DAG Rod Rosenstein (via statement), the President and Deputy AG had a meeting last week to discuss the declassification directive.  Within that meeting it is almost certain that part of the conversation circled around Rosenstein being unable to fulfill his responsibilities at the DOJ if the substance of the information underneath the declassification directive was released.

Understanding the institutional corruption hidden by the DOJ and FBI classification and redaction, it is predictable that Rosenstein would become the target for Trump media allies and supporters when the circumstances, evidence and details surrounding the soft-coup attempt are exposed.

Whether the Deputy AG  participated/facilitated the soft-coup attempt directly, indirectly, or through willful blindness, there’s no way that Rosenstein could stay on.   So within that conversation last week, it is almost certain the DAG advanced his resignation *IF* the declassification directive went forward and exposed the usurping details.

The decision by President Trump not to declassify the information did two things:  (1) it gave the President leverage over Rosenstein and by extension over Mueller.   After all, the construct of the special counsel was built upon DOJ/FBI intentional lies and FISA fraud. (2) the decision places a heavy burden upon the Inspector General to be brutally honest with his FISA report.  If the IG is not brutally honest, Trump releases the declassified information and the IG is shown as participating in a cover-up.

All of this leverage makes the position of DAG Rod Rosenstein tenuous.

Do you think Rosenstein likes the idea of sitting around waiting for the IG report to show the world how badly he botched the DOJ job, and even facilitated their corrupt activity, during his stewardship?   He made a Special Counsel investigative appointment from a foundation of fraud; and all of this was collateral damage from the political efforts of the prior administration.  Think about it.  Sucks to be the DAG. [He did it to himself]

Add into that sunlight waiting to surface – the reality that former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is openly telling his allied media he has evidence (memos) that will implicate Rosenstein in the plot, scheme and soft-coup.  See Rosensteins’ position?

There’s no reason for the White House to fire Rosenstein; his own conduct has put himself into a virtual corner and there’s only one way out.  So it was brutally obvious, to me, with Trump carrying all of this leverage over Rosenstein, the White House meeting today wasn’t about firing him.

The statement from the White House:

WH Statement on inquires about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein:

At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories. Because the President is at the United Nations General Assembly and has a full schedule with leaders from around the world, they will meet on Thursday when the President returns to Washington, D.C.  ~ Sarah Sanders

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein career in the DOJ is over, he’s a dead-man-walking, but not because of anything President Trump has done; Rosenstein has put himself into this position.   President Trump just smartly took the opportunity to hold the political leverage and narrow the path.

There’s no doubt the DAG will resign, the question is the timing.  What moment provides him the least disgraced exit?  That’s the question.  Everything else is media shiny things; chaff and countermeasures from the narrative engineers.


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687 Responses to Rosenstein…

  1. JasonD says:

    Who does the “Lingering stench” refer to?

    Option A – “17 Angry Democrats”……………………….. or

    Option B – POTUS’s friend “Rod”, whom POTUS trusted enough to appoint his pick to FBI Director

    Vote below

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  2. Sammy Hains says:

    President Trump has 2 options:

    1. Declassify and fire Rosenstein and have his replacement end the corrupt Mueller witch hunt. The truth of what they did would get out. We already know the truth and would believe it. Democrats/the media would refuse to believe it, spin elaborate stories to discredit it, and say it’s all proof that President Trump is guilty and has something to hide. There would be open scorched earth warfare from all sides—particularly Democrats—and the DOJ and IC would lose all legitimacy.

    2. Having all the evidence he needs to personally destroy Mueller, Rosenstein, and their beloved DOJ, President Trump can completely control them from here out. Mueller wraps up his investigation in the coming weeks and unambiguously clears President Trump of all accusations. The Democrats are FULLY invested in Mueller. Like everyone, they understand his adversarial role to President Trump. When Mueller clears President Trump completely, they have nowhere to turn. They have no excuses or claims of whitewashing to make. The “Resistance” may not end, but it will lose all momentum and any guise of moral purpose.

    As satisfying as the first option may be, the second option is a total victory for President Trump with little risk or blowback.

    Liked by 5 people

  3. California Joe says:

    Rosenstein’s number one job in Washington DC, as is all bureaucrats, is to keep his job or get a better one! That’s all he cares about. He doesn’t care about you, me, President Trump or the United States. He certainly doesn’t care about justice or righteousness! Get rid of him at the first “safe” opportunity!

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  4. Curt says:

    Rosenstein CAN’T resign! That would leave that feckless little twit Jeff Sessions all alone in the DOJ building. How will he ever find his way to work in the morning?

    Liked by 1 person

  5. noswamp says:

    What a total disappointment Jeff Sessions is!!!!! To allow this all to go on under the guise of “I am recused”, relegates him to the DUSTBIN of American History. As was General McClellan, who never understood the concept of unlimited war during the days of Lincoln until Grant showed up. Unfortunately, Sessions is much much worse because he did NOTHING for President Trump but fiddled as traitors IN HIS OWN JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, disrupted and tried to take over the Republic from a duly elected President. This type of personal betrayal has rarely been seen before in American politics. Let the history books state that Sessions, irrespective of his personal reasons, will be forever known as a Judas Iscariot to President Trump, and to America. What a corrupt, vile man.

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    • Alicia Chavetz says:

      Sessions reminds me of Sir Alec Guinness in “Bridge over the River Kwai” A perfect analogy. Unless of course, he is part of the coup.


    • Charlie says:

      Advancing premiss (don’t agree but…), how could POTUS drain the swamp? Coup was made to order “don’t let a good crisis go to waste”. Bad hats are dropping at lightening speed and it’s not pretty. We knew this was going to be ugly.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. pmdea says:

    Tom Fitton on CNN with Chris Cuomo: Rosenstein/NY Times Story Further Confirms Anti-Trump Animus for Mueller Special Counsel

    Good on Tom for doing this interview – CNN viewers get to hear Tom calmly presenting facts and truth. All the comments below the clip were positive towards Tom. Example – ‘I love that Tom Fitton is setting them straight on CNN! Go Tom!’

    Liked by 3 people

    • renzi2018 says:

      Thanks for posting this. I’ll watch Fitton anywhere, even CNN. Remember that without Judicial Watch’s FOIA work we would not be here. Hit their tip jar, again.

      Liked by 4 people

  7. Unklemunky says:

    Again, does this look like a party who thinks they have mid terms in the bag? Nope. This looks like a party firing every bit of ammunition they have to keep the truth at bay to live another day. The American people are on to them and their media cohorts. Bigly. The democrat party is a dead hollow vessel. Propaganda Pollsters might be screaming from the mountain tops that a blue wave is coming, but based on their actions even the Democrat party doesn’t believe it.

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  8. RJones says:

    My only question would be why anyone gives a crap about finding a time that would be nice he least disgraceful?


    • SnazzyD says:

      Classic Sun Tzu Art of War: “When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard”, which does not suggest they be allowed to escape but suggests that fleeing soldiers are more easily killed or captured than those who have no other options and are forced to fight to the death.

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  9. wolfrom1 says:

    Tom has that calm confidence and brings out truth with facts to back it up.
    The rare man that I would trust to have my back in any situation.
    He and his group have done as much or more to get information from DOJ-FBI
    than anyone.

    Liked by 5 people

  10. G. Combs says:

    Anyone notice how Schumer statement is:
    “This New York Times report must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt purpose of firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein in order to install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the Special Counsel’s investigation.”</i.

    And yet Schumer and his Fascist Elite buddies have ZERO problem using a 30+ hazy RECONSTRUCTED memory by a drunken slut to smear a good man and keep him from being appointed Supreme Court Justice.

    Double standard much Schumer?

    Liked by 4 people

    • DD More says:

      Gail, Double standard much Schumer?

      I’m sure You remember the quote “If it weren’t for Double Standards, Demorats wouldn’t have any Standards at All”

      Hope you and the goats are safe and dry.

      Liked by 2 people

  11. wolfrom1 says:

    Sorry I should have said Tom Fitton to be clear.


  12. renzi2018 says:

    Thanks again SD for patiently re-explaining the leverage concept and Rosenstein’s untenable position. From that perspective, its clear that Trump only had to be patient and give them enough rope, and wait for the Fake News media to hang themselves…
    Its looking like the long knives are out for one another on the Left; HRC/Comey/McCabe’s Corrupted by Cash 7Th Floor FBI vs Obama/Holders/Lynch racially-radicalized DOJ.

    More Left Autophagia, Faster, Please!
    Pass the popcorn!

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  13. Concerned says:

    Achilles’ Heel

    Why not expose Rosenstein and many others with just two documents?

    The release of Obama’s PDB, showing that he was tracking the warrant for Carter Page/President Trump’s campaign. Coupled with Lynch’s sign-off on the request for the Carter Page emergency warrant, should make it clear, to the world that all the stories concerning the FBI/DOD/DNI/CIA must be true.

    The Resignation of Rosenstein and others would come quickly.

    PS – assuming these two documents do exists.


  14. SharkFL says:

    There’s no reason for the White House to fire Rosenstein; his own conduct has put himself into a virtual corner and there’s only one way out.
    >>>>> GITMO (or this national nightmare happens again in 50 years.)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Concerned says:

      You would not have to ask Rosenstein to resign, because people would know who signed the last FISA warrant extension. They need to only tie Obama and Lynch to the first warrant on Carter Page.

      President Barack Obama did not need a FISA warrant to authorize spying/electronic surveillance on Trump because Obama all along had legal authorization to by-pass the normal court vetting process. According to 50 U.S. Code 1802, the “Electronic Surveillance Authorization” () “Foreign intelligence in relation to a US person (Trump or his associates) is information that’s necessary for the US to protect against attack, hostile acts, sabotage, . . . as well as other clandestine activities by a foreign power . . . OR . . . information relevant to national defense/security of the US, or the conduct of foreign affairs of the U.S.” Such an authorization by Obama required certification by Attorney General Loretta Lynch that must be logged with the FISC court. (“The [AG]+ shall immediately transmit under seal to the court [FISC] a copy of his certification.”)

      In short, the DOJ has this. If we are correct, a copy of that certification is currently under seal at least with the DOJ and the FISC.

      This is what they are hiding.

      However, the Act requires the AG to keep the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Committee on Intelligence informed of these authorizations and unmaskings therein. See 1803 (a) (1) (C) If indeed this is what happened, did Lynch report—or only selectively report—to the committees in a way that excluded non-friendlies? Can you see why Adam Schiff, Mark Warner, and their ilk are terrified?

      1) Obama authorized spying/electronic surveillance on Team Trump, by-passing normal judicial oversight.
      3) Lynch certified Obama’s authorization which is now held under seal by DOJ (and FISC).

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      • Concerned says:

        GOP invites Comey, Lynch and Yates to testify on FBI bias claims
        By KYLE CHENEY
        09/25/2018 10:21 PM EDT

        I wonder, if former Attorney General Loretta Lynch will be asked about the emergence FISA?

        House Republicans are preparing to call their highest-profile witnesses yet in a yearlong investigation into the FBI and the Justice Department’s actions in 2016 and 2017 — including former FBI Director James Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

        House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy issued requests for interviews with the three high-profile former officials in letters sent Friday and Monday, committee sources confirmed. The letters ask each prospective witness to arrange a time to testify as quickly as possible.

        Other witnesses who received requests include Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS; former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos; former Justice Department deputy counterintelligence chief Richard Scott; and former FBI official Bill Sweeney.


  15. Concerned says:

    Push The First Domino!


  16. noswamp says:

    Those were a lot of dominoes!


  17. Ricky says:

    If Sundance’s assessment proves out, seems to me the special counsel may likely be tied up with the same ribbon as the DAG.


  18. Concerned says:

    DOUBLE STANDARD: Rod Rosenstein Submitted False Forms About His Work For Ken Starr

    Rosenstein testified to the Senate that he worked on Starr’s team beginning in 1995 and ending in 1997. Rosenstein said that he began working at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Maryland for the Clinton administration in the year 1997. However, records show that Rosenstein interviewed Hillary Clinton for Ken Starr in the Whitewater case on January 14, 1998.

    Rosenstein’s official interview with Hillary Clinton lasted fifteen minutes and cleared her of charges stemming from the seizing of FBI documents on the former Clinton White House travel director.

    Big problem: That official interview took place outside of the time period in which Rosenstein told the Senate he worked for Kenneth Starr’s team.

    An Associated Press wire report on January 14, 1998 lists Rod Rosenstein as one of two “Whitewater prosecutors” present at Hillary Clinton’s interview on the FBI Travel Office scandal. Rosenstein was in charge of the “FBI Travel Office case,” in which it was alleged that the Bill Clinton White House seized FBI file documents on “former White House employees.” Rosenstein swept the matter under the rug, according to insiders, and then obscured any record of it on his Senate questionnaire to be Deputy Attorney General.

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  19. renzi2018 says:

    In the meantime, Gaetz and Meadows are pushing for information…
    Rosenstein is in a double nelson, wriggling

    And Trump wont let him go, either.
    NYT is furious, natch.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Concerned says:

    VIDEO: What You Need To Know About Rod Rosenstein’s Face-Off With President Trump Thursday

    Deputy attorney general and Operation Crossfire Hurricane participant Rod Rosenstein reportedly verbally resigned his position to White House chief of staff John Kelly, and the resignation was accepted. Rosenstein verbally plotted to wear a wire to spy on the President of the United States, according to the New York Times.


    • Concerned says:

      House Republicans to Meet Privately With Rod Rosenstein

      House Republicans plan to privately question the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, about discussions last year where he suggested secretly taping President Trump to expose a chaotic White House and removing him from office under the 25th Amendment.

      Mr. Rosenstein and Representative Robert W. Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, spoke Thursday night and agreed to schedule a meeting in the coming weeks, Mr. Goodlatte said in a statement.

      “There are many questions we have for Mr. Rosenstein, including questions about allegations made against him in a recent news article,” Mr. Goodlatte said, referring to the New York Times article last week that revealed Mr. Rosenstein’s discussions with other law enforcement officials. “We need to get to the bottom of these very serious claims.”

      House Democrats complained that they were left out of the planning and pledged to push to attend the meeting. Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said his Republican colleagues “cannot be left alone in a room” with Mr. Rosenstein.


  21. Concerned says:

    We Found Out Mueller’s Strategy. Here Is His Last-Ditch Play


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