Most of the political focus regarding the “wear a wire” comments from Rod Rosenstein have focused on his intentions, serious or not. [Fox News – Daily Caller] However, seemingly, and conveniently, overlooked amid the analysis is the testimony from James Baker about the structure of the underlying conversation being dead serious.
Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was clearly the fulcrum of the effort to weaponize the FBI intelligence apparatus to take down candidate Trump, President-Elect Trump and then President Trump through a multitude of corrupt schemes and coordinated plans. Not much about this intention remains hidden. It is the testimony from James Baker to congress that is now highlighting the bigger picture.
Team McCabe consists of multiple defenders who were part of the larger soft-coup and have a self-interest in distracting the agregate public from the story. The public hits against DAG Rod Rosenstein are symptomatic of the team’s current objectives.
As John Solomon writes about the testimony of former FBI Chief Legal Counsel James Baker, he is the first to look beyond the distracting “wiretap comments” and focus on the seriousness of the bigger picture:
(Via The Hill) […] Baker’s story lays bare an extraordinary conversation in which at least some senior FBI officials thought it within their purview to try to capture the president on tape and then go to the president’s own Cabinet secretaries, hoping to persuade the senior leaders of the administration to remove the president from power.
Even more extraordinary is the timing of such discussions: They occurred, according to Baker’s account, in the window around the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Could it be that the leaders of a wounded, stunned FBI were seeking retribution for their boss’s firing with a secret recording operation?
I doubt this is the power that Congress intended to be exercised when it created the FBI a century ago, or the circumstances in which the authors of the 25th Amendment imagined a president’s removal could be engineered.
This wasn’t a president who was incapacitated at the time. He was fully exercising his powers — but in a way the FBI leadership did not like. (read more)
John Solomon’s outline of Baker’s testimony aligns with what he know of the structural intent of the soft-coup plotters; and we don’t just have to take James Baker’s word for it.
The extent to which Rod Rosenstein was a willing or unwilling participant; or whether he was considered a useful tool by the plotting team; is an unknown variable. At times it appears the Deputy AG is as much complicit in the cover-up as the primary plotters themselves; as in the example of his request to President Trump to halt the declassification directive. However, this could also be due to Rosenstein’s sense of guilt and self-interest.
What is clear and ‘on-the-record’ is Rosenstein testifying to congress that he had no idea DOJ Official Bruce Ohr was participating with the FBI in setting up the campaign against the President. If the DAG is to be believed, Rosenstein only found out about Bruce Ohr and Nellie Ohr’s involvement in the last several months.
SEE JUNE, 2018, TESTIMONY BELOW;
If we are to believe Rosenstein, that congressional testimony -under oath- only serves to underline how there are officials within the highest ranks of the current DOJ who are working earnestly to the benefit of the exited soft-coup team.
Not only does DAG Rosenstein testify he didn’t know Bruce Ohr was working with the FBI on the counterintelligence operation, he also states the briefing he was given -exclusively by DOJ officials- about the FISA renewal was entirely different from the media reporting on that renewal itself.
Rosenstein seems sure the IG review and investigation of that third FISA renewal will vindicate him of any malfeasance or connection to the conspiracy. However, the only way that vindication can be so certain is if the deputy AG feels a concerted effort by DOJ officials to trick him will be exposed by IG Michael Horowitz.