Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Refuses to be Interviewed By Joint House Committee…

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was scheduled to testify tomorrow to a closed-door joint House congressional committee (Judiciary/Oversight) chaired by Bob Goodlatte.   This committee has been conducting oversight into activity within the FBI and DOJ as it pertains to prior politicization of the agencies.

According to reports from earlier today, DAG Rosenstein is now refusing to deliver testimony to the committee about his personal involvement in the soft-coup attempt against President Trump:

(Via Washington Post) Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein’s interview with a joint House panel reviewing the Justice Department investigation of President Trump’s alleged Russia ties will not take place this week as expected, according to congressional aides involved with the planning.

The House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees were expected to speak with Rosenstein behind closed doors Thursday as part of their probe into federal law enforcement’s conduct during the investigations of Trump’s campaign and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. But a dispute over the interview’s terms prevented the committees and the Justice Department from reaching a deal to hold the meeting, according to people familiar with the discussions.  (read more)

Judiciary Committee member Louie Gohmert appears on Fox News with Lou Dobbs to discuss how DAG Rosenstein is attempting to delay testimony until after the mid-term election.

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As previously outlined, congress and President Trump have two different priorities when it comes to the position of Rod Rosenstein.

From President Trump’s perspective the thorn in his administration has been Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein created the special counsel under fraudulent pretense.  That origination material (Ohr 302’s, FISA pages, origination EC, and Page/Strzok messages) is now a risk to the Deputy AG.

DAG Rosenstein does not want his involvement in the fraud to be exposed; hence his request to block/stall/delay the declassification directive. However, at any time President Trump can declassify all the documents and outline the fraudulent basis that originated the special counsel. This is essentially President Trump’s leverage.

The ongoing efforts of the FBI and DOJ to hide their malfeasance, does not interrupt or impede Trump’s MAGA agenda; the special counsel does. Having leverage over the special counsel is more valuable than exposing the soft-coup plotters.

If the corrupt current and previous FBI and DOJ officials are laid naked to their enemies, great; but from President Trump’s unique perspective it does not appear to be a priority.

Exposing the FBI/DOJ dirty deeds is a major priority for a contingent within congress and a multitude of Trump supporters – but for the office of the President, in the immediate future, not-so-much.

When you have this much leverage on someone, you don’t want them to quit. You want to use their damaged and tenuous position to your advantage. President Trump is in no hurry to fire Rosenstein (not yet), because the DAG is so weak and President Trump holds all the leverage in the relationship.

Rod Rosenstein knows what he did wrong; and President Trump knows what Rosenstein did wrong. Though it could change based on new discoveries of how far the DAG went along within the soft-coup process, President Trump isn’t likely to let Rosenstein go until everyone else knows what Rosenstein did wrong.

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482 Responses to Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Refuses to be Interviewed By Joint House Committee…

  1. Archie says:

    I have said repeatedly that Trump has dealt with corruption his entire life and he considers corruption to be part of doing business. Corruption is factored in to his plans and does not get bent about it. Of course, a lot of us do get bent by corruption because we can be too idealistic or moralistic.

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  2. John says:

    It looks like McCabe and Rosenstein had no love loss either. Delvin and the NYT article by its nature confirms that friction existed.

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    • Sporty says:

      Perhaps McCabe is realizing how screwed he soon will be.

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      • JasonD says:

        Indeed. Rosie has POTUS’s ear, McCabe does not. Just imagine what Rosie has been reporting back to POTUS re McCabe……………………… 🙂

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      • ezpz2 says:

        Doubtful, based on all we’ve seen so far. More importantly, on what we HAVEN’T seen – like indictmants, accountability, basic justice!

        And no, firings and resignations with full pensions and benefits are NOT accountability, let alone justice. Not by any stretch.

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        • JasonD says:

          The lack of action could be indicative of hunting the REAL BIG game – that is what I am hoping for.

          If I am wrong, and Huber is just a head fake – THEN I WANT SESSION’s head. My allegiance is to POTUS (and I am an AUSSIE). POTUS is draining a global swamp, he is the point man on this, and as such I am extremely grateful.

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        • fabrabbit says:

          I am hoping things will start to move after the election especially if R’s keep the Senate and I pray, pick up seats. The one staggeringly affront is James Wolfe and his NYT reporter paramour Ali Watkins. He should end up in Federal prison and so should she for having possession of classified documents. He’s another link to Feinstein. He was in charge of Security (?) of documents for the Intelligence committee and frequently leaked. DiFi had no inkling of this!? DiFi was so clueless she also had a spy working for her for years.

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  3. He’s the Pope Francis of Washington.

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  4. dawg says:

    Spot on sundance.

    And, in regards to the midterms, exposing it all now wont mean anything if we dont keep the House and Senate. Gohmert seemed to suggest that waiting until after the midterms wasnt acceptable. I disagree and it seems that Team Trump has made the same determination. Which is that any benefit of exposing it all now doesnt outweigh the possible negative impacts to the elections themselves.

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    • dawg says:

      But where and when exactly did Rosenstein say he is refusing the interview?

      It says “the interview will not take place….” and “But a dispute over the interview’s terms prevented the committees and the Justice Department….”

      So is Rosenstein refusing to be interviewed or is the DOJ slow walking it? And if the DOJ is slowwalking, is it because POTUS wants them to?

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      • Child of Morning says:

        Good dawg! All good questions.

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      • Amy2 says:

        Rosentstein has to be a closet Dem. Delay, delay, delay!!

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      • dallasdan says:

        You have a talent for commenting in ways that direct discussion points in a more productive direction by asking very reasonable questions, differentiating between literal and figurative interpretations of observed events, and/or highlighting facts in ways that make them more revealing upon further and deeper contemplation.

        Thank you for your continuing commentary.

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    • JX says:

      > exposing it all now wont mean anything if we dont keep the House and Senate.

      Ahhh I think that’s backwards. If we don’t keep the House and Senate exposing it all then wont mean anything

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      • dawg says:

        My point is that Trump has made the determination that exposing it all now wont improve our chances of winning the midterms, and could possibly have negative effects.

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        • ezpz2 says:

          Dawg, I think releasing the documents that show the rancid corruption, the fake and very expensive Russia investigation as part of the ‘insurance policy’ to remove a duly elected President- I think that would ensure a larger R majority in both Houses.

          It would certainly motivate the base, imo.

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          • Amy2 says:

            That was my thought, and certainly get the sympathy vote. It worked with the injustice laid on Kavanaugh. I think PDT would benefit as well. Alas, he has made an informed decision. Hopefully the red wave will eliminate all our concerns!

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  5. Julian says:

    Trump must have ordered him not to testify.

    Wonder why?

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    • Flashman says:

      Timing of release. “Politics Trumps All” has a dual meaning with VSGPOTUS.

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    • fabrabbit says:

      No I don’t think so. I think PDJT put Rosie on notice and is letting Rosy play this the way he wants. The one thing Rosy knows is that he has to find a way to shut Mueller down and mitigate damage to himself. Or else, as SD says, PDJT can always release all documents.

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  6. Milton says:

    This is not just DAG Rosenstein and Trump there are others that are part of the puzzle. For example Rosenstein’s wife.

    “Lisa Barsoomian, Rod Rosenstein’s wife, worked for years as an attorney for the federal government, handling cases involving the FBI and even Bill Clinton.”

    What connections does she have to shield her husband?

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  7. James Carpenter says:

    Dear Mr Rod R, this is to remind you of the serious health issues linked to poor/insufficient sleep.
    Due to current events, it is likely that your sleep patterns have been effected. Having nightmares? Waking up in a cold sweat? Tossing and turning, trying to find a way to avoid consequences, short of death, for past designs?
    Me, I find OTC Benadryl to be a powerful sedative. It might help with getting to sleep and coping with symptoms caused by treason and various plant pollens.
    Take several at once and get some rest. You’re gonna need it.

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  8. California Joe says:

    Rosenstein would be even weaker if he was unceremoniously sacked!

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  9. Iamcat says:

    I feel we need an October Suprise, everything does not have to be revealed, but this Mueller thing needs to be validated as a hoax, and it needs to be made clear that our President is clean or wrong doing. The Dems need to hear it, and it will rally Republicans, all of them, for the midterm. Just my opinion.

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    • Greg says:

      30% of the independents need to see the truth…they are uninformed/confused. This will guarantee the midterms.

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    • spren says:

      It is always said, and usually quite true, that congressional elections are local. Trump has been trying, through his ongoing rallies, to nationalize this election but he needs the help of congressional Republicans who seem either incompetent or reluctant to do so. Why?

      Newt nationalized the congressional elections in 1994 with his Contract For America. Where is that version now when we need it? PDJT is trying his best to make this about what Democrat’s regaining power will do to all the good that is underway, but where are the other Republicans? Don’t they care if they retain power or not? Other than Jordan, Meadows, Gaetz, Nunes, and a very few others, they seem to be surprisingly silent.

      Is the heavy-lifting of governing too difficult for them and they (especially those that are secure in their re-election to their life-long jobs) actually prefer being in the minority where they can enjoy all of the perks of office without the challenges of responsibility?

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      • lemmus1 says:

        …not so much silent as being ignored by the MSM …only the Dem message is being seen on the alphabets …except for Trump’s rallies …and I think those ARE “localizing” the key races

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “congressional Republicans who seem either incompetent or reluctant to do so. Why?”

        UNIPARTY.
        The globalists own the red team and the blue team, so they don’t care who is in the majority – they get what they want either way.

        The freedom caucus and PDJT do not belong to the globalists.

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      • Sherri Young says:

        Judging from the way my email inbox fills up every day with campaign fundraising junk and GOTV, I’d say that the congressional R’s are not sitting still.

        How many people here watch you local news stations? I know I don’t.

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      • Iamcat says:

        I know. It is scary. I don’t know what we will do if not victorious.

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    • fabrabbit says:

      We are going to want a lot more evidence on our side, irrefutable…or else the Dems will scream “lies, lies, lies”.

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  10. Greg says:

    PDJT can destroy Mueller/Rod by releasing the documents and increase his independent voters base for the midterms (win/win).

    Nothing Mueller/Rod can do that will hurt President Trump for the midterm.

    PDJT can show millions of voters (independents) who are uninformed/confused that this was a coup that started with Hillary Clinton.

    PDJT will gain millions of voters to ensure the Republicans hold the house/senate.

    Then again, PDJT must have a better plan because he knows the true poll numbers, the true risk of losing the house/senate and has a plan to indict all the criminals that will save the future of this country when he is ready.

    It is “Guaranteed” PDJT will not risk for a second of NOT bringing all the criminals to justice, especially the Clinton Foundation and Hillary, the center of the alleged largest criminal organization in U.S. history. Impossible!!! Hillary and the Clinton foundation allegedly corrupted the FBI/DOJ and implemented the coup. They must all face Justice or the U.S. is gone within 10 years. This is the last chance to save the our way of life or 7 billion people on this planet will mathematically destroy 330,000 million people in the U.S. in the name of evil Globalism/Elitism.

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    • lemmus1 says:

      …you assume the “documents” contain clearly explicit and damning evidence that even a fourth grader can easily understand despite the MSM’s best efforts to spin them …I doubt that seriously

      …yes, in the end, the proof is likely there but it won’t be so clear-cut as to change the election at this point …remember the MSM labeled Trump as crazy when he first said he had been wire-tapped …”we” know now that he was but ask the average voter and you’ll still find the MSM labeling sticks …we have 3 weeks to change their minds …isn’t going to happen that fast …the real risk is that the inevitable MSM labeling will actually turn off the momentum Kav built

      …so again, go with Trump on this …I like the odds

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      • Greg says:

        Points Well Taken…
        There is enough evidence that we the people see at this moment that a first-year law student could prosecute. The paper/digital trail is everywhere; along with many witnesses. I’m just implying that when PDJT goes nuclear with the criminal codes his base will increase by 10 to 20 million.

        No one really knows what is going on except PDJT. I know Hillary and the criminals are really scared at this moment…they will implement every unimaginable evil act to win the midterms. They are fighting for their lives and their globalism plan.

        I just believe destroying Mueller now by starting this criminal process will gain PDJT many undecided independent voters. I do not know the true poll numbers so it has me concerned; PDJT does know the true poll numbers and will decide the calculated risk of when to implement the criminal nuclear codes. PDJT, as always will make the right decision at the right moment because he knows exactly what is going on. PDJT will move forward based upon his gifted decision-making process.

        Every time I questioned his chess moves; I was proven wrong. Again, I will faithfully go along as always because in the end PDJT will do his duty and prosecute all the criminals and win this civil war. The only way to win this civil war and secure the future is by using the criminal codes.

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        • Terri says:

          Considering the true number of illegal immigrants living in the US was recently reported as actually 22 million, instead of the 11 million figure we were previously fed – it is those Blue votes in the midterms that are giving me pause. I live in CA, illegal immigrants vote.

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          • steph_gray says:

            But this was always true. I saw sensible conservatives estimating that actual number as 30, or even as high as 50, million as far back as 10 or 20 years ago. The 11 is just one of those leftist lies that got stuck.

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          • Greg says:

            I live in CA also…you could see what will happen to the rest of the country if this isn’t stopped now. CA voters are now seeing we are seconds away from becoming a 3rd world state; we are almost at the point of no return. I hope there is still enough voters with common sense to vote republicans into office…depending on how many illegals will be voting.

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  11. California Joe says:

    He demands terms? What terms did John Wilks Booth get?

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  12. grlangworth says:

    Rosenstein doesn’t need the hassle of Senate Hearings now. It was a foregone conclusion he would blow it off, since it’s one of the few things he can do. PDJT is playing out his Kavanaugh theme to perfection in these wonderful rallies. Watching him play these audiences is a magnificent experience. PDJT needs to get out the vote to retain the House and get a real Senate majority. His Kavanaugh theme — “The Democrat Party is now the party of Crime!” — this is the song of the next 3 weeks he will perform right across this country at all his Dhimm Targets of Opportunity. Why complicate matters by starting up several other controversies? Precipitating the shutdown of Mueller right now gives the Dhimms an opening. He doesn’t need to do it to win the Mid-terms. Let the SC die a quiet death at Rosenstein’s bureaucratic hand, as just another irrelevance. PDJT appears to be keeping his eye on the ball — winning the Mid-Terms.

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  13. Julia Adams says:

    Our President Trump is playing his cards close to his vest on Rosenstein. He should not fire him over the NYT piece or his decision to not testify before the committee. In fact, Congress should take a lead from the Donald and go hit the campaign trail and hold a rally darn near everynight.

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  14. Bull Durham says:

    About all we can safely assume is DJT is trying to time the takedown. Otherwise, he is compromised in some way or expects more trouble than it is worth.

    It is perplexing to be strung along as we have been. He has the power and many ways to take heads and force prosecutions. So far, he has chosen not to.

    This is why he could be in a much weaker position than we can know or he judges (as only he can) that a counterstrike would be too dangerous (perhaps to Don Jr., to the Trump Org., or to himself as President).

    We only know the public facts. It’s not enough information to be judgmental.

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    • Kaco says:

      Like someone said yesterday, he’s left Nunes dangling in the wind, facing his own election as well. I’m not in that district but who knows what the Dem opponent is saying to his constituents, acting like he’s a conspiracy theorist for starters.

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    • JasonD says:

      Well said, Sir! We can post our opinions on what we think is happening, but should acknowledge our own ignorance as to the true state of play.

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    • dawg says:

      “….or expects more trouble than it is worth.”

      This is what I think.

      “It’s not enough information to be judgmental.”

      Yes and in these cases, rely on Occam’s razor. If President Trump doesnt try to expose anything before the midterms, it will be because he didnt want to try to expose anything.

      I think what will happen in the next few weeks will be somewhere in-between. POTUS will want to expose some of it, but not all. Certain things that are helpful, but maybe not something like discarding Rosenstein.

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      • Fish and hunt says:

        The texts ordered to be released I believe will be the October surprise. It’s the FISA’s that they are holding back. We haven’t heard a peep about the texts other than DOJ needed to screen them for classified info, which if they contain such, would be a crime. It will be a very effective drip.

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  15. lawton says:

    I think the story about Rosenstein winding things down just after the election and then resigning is the most likely truth here.

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    • Howard Richman says:

      I agree. Rosenstein will probably give Mueller until December 31 to issue a report and close things down.

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    • Sherri Young says:

      Rosey needs another 18 months or so on the job to reach full retirement.

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      • steph_gray says:

        I am hoping Rosie has been disabused of the notion that he can get what he wants in that area – I’m sure he heard plenty he didn’t want to while on that plane.

        I am liking this latest flow of comments: the theory that winning the midterms does not require immediate exposure of the swamp, so VSGPDJT is simply fine-tuning his timing. Rings common-sensical to me.

        VSGPDJT is the master of messaging. Keeping to the Kavanaugh message right now is probably the most powerful one that resonates most obviously with good Americans. There is no need to assemble a complex case and evidence and fight with a screaming MSM about it – the evidence was flagrant in the people’s eyes and ears for several weeks. It should not be diluted.

        This does not mean to me that “all is lost” and the swamp will never be drained. Those suggestions annoy me a bit – they are like Ann Coulter’s whining about when the wall will happen, which is unfair to VSGPDJT. I am confident it will happen, just not at a time of her personal choosing.

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  16. pnj01 says:

    According to Hannity on this Monday’s 9 PM Fox Show, this was going to be a big week for the exposure of the Deep State beginning on Tuesday. So far crickets. Now, that ultimate Deep Stater, Mr. Rosenstein-Barsoomian, who just flew with POTUS down to Florida, is ignoring demands for his testimony. Crickets from the White House. Why should we go out and elect Republicans if they are going to do NOTHING and let the Deep State run roughshod? Curiouser and curiiouser. If POTUS has a grand plan we need to start seeing some evidence of what it is and what difference it makes to the future of America. Otherwise, why not sleep late on Nov. 6?

    And I am inclined to be loyal to POTUS, but come on1

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    • Pedro Morales says:

      RR and McCabe are exposing the deep state quite well.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, what ever happened with the TUE/WED expose? Whatever happened to “Sally Yates in the Q killbox”?

      Getting very sick of people with the “breaking” tease posts. If you know something than just spill it. But don’t try to tease future revelations. I honestly get the impression that there are a lot of people (not Sundance) who are just promoting themselves or their shows (Bongino, Hannity, all of Fox, etc.)

      I do think the analysis by Sundance, Themarketswork, and Andy McCarthy is honest and meant to inform, not to play clickbait. Doesn’t mean I agree with every theory. But at least it is honest attempts to understand the mysteries.

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    • rf121 says:

      So you want the Dems to take over. Then everything gets buried, PT gets impeached and then what? Trust your President.

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    • Greg says:

      Have faith in PDJT and believe that all the criminals will be prosecuted. PDJT has all the power given to him by the Constitution and has many paths to ensure the criminals are prosecuted. PDJT knows MAGA will be reverse and the U.S. will become a 3rd world country in 10 years if Justice is not served.

      PDJT does not want to be known as the President who could have saved the U.S. by just doing his duty of implementing the nuclear criminal codes. PDJT knows this (common sense) and will make sure all the criminals answer to justice when he is ready.

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    • spren says:

      You’re “inclined” to be loyal to POTUS. Yeah, right, I bet you really are:) Yeah, let’s all sleep in on November 6th and let the Dems retake control of congress. Yeah, that’s the ticket and exactly what we need. Oh, and I hope you do sleep in but you probably already early voted.

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    • formerdem says:

      i wonder whether POTUS wants the midterms to be about the economy and what is best for America. He has helped so many people to get jobs, and he might want to win for that. Big picture is, that would be better leverage for dealing with the Democrats long term.
      Let the Democrats lose power because they didn’t help people – that’s better than trying to eject them on the basis of being a team of criminals, even though they are. Better policies – that’s a message for eight years of presidency. The other one – really is not.

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  17. Timothy says:

    So what is Congress going to do about it?

    ‘Oversight’ means nothing when it can be ignored.

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  18. feralcatsblog says:

    Firing Rosenstein would be like taking down the Japanese flag at Iwo Jima and raising the American flag.

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  19. Pedro Morales says:

    Never interfere with an enemy rr/McCabe while they are in the process of destroying themselves.—-the art of war

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  20. The Boss says:

    I’m very tired but wondering…
    If the Mueller probe was started under fraudulent pretense, was the same fraud perpetrated on the AG to recuse? If so, wouldn’t that suggest that: (a) there are many more swamp critters is the DoJ Office of Legal Counsel (among other places) in need of firing, and (b); the recusal is just as invalid as the special counsel probe?
    Good night.

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  21. Monticello says:

    Justice delayed is justice denied.
    Unless and until Hillary is indicted for U1, Clinton Foundation selling influence and email server there is no justice in this country. If Trump is playing for stakes that large then this “leverage” is acceptable maybe….. still hard for me to stomach no conspirators indicted for this length of time.

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    • Monticello says:

      I should add that a 60 seat Senate majority and maintaining House majority are also high enough stakes to justify “gaming”.
      I would remind everyone here that Rosenstein, Comey and Mueller were the cover for U1. No one here should ever assume Rosenstein is anything but a snake in the grass.

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      • Kaco says:

        Exactly, never forget Uranium One is also all over the lot of them!

        They can’t keep blackmailing each other, or rather, “leverage”, that will make the rot worse. The truth will set this country free.

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      • lemmus1 says:

        …I don’t assume anything …including that Rosenstein is a “snake in the grass” without substantive evidence …he was a player in U1 but to what extent and culpability are all suppositions at the moment …I won’t be at all surprised if he turns out to be a black hat in the end but I’m not convicting him as yet on shaky circumstantial evidence …much less before we know his side …all else aside, Trump appears to at least have a leash on him …let it all play out before we hang anyone by mistake

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        • cthulhu says:

          Oddly enough, when you used the phrase, “let it all play out before we hang anyone by mistake”, I found myself thinking……”unless they’re swamp vermin — then, it’s ‘oops!’.”

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  22. ltravisjr says:

    It almost seems the mindset up there, possibly even among the white hats, is that our government is “too big to fail.” IOW, similar to the broken businesses not being allowed to fail for fear of the wider downstream consequences, maybe the corrupt swamp rats and operations (the swamp now essentially having become the government itself) will not be broken down for similar fears. I’m not saying I wish that, but could that be what’s going on?

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    • Fish and hunt says:

      The plan to me is obvious, full exposure at some point with prosecutions without destroying the government, which would lead to an utter economic collapse. A lot of balls in the air here

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  23. CuriousInAz says:

    HAVE they subpoenaed him yet?
    Is there a MINIMUM time they need to give him to appear?
    thank you

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  24. bessie2003 says:

    My assumption is that he (RR) is not willing to testify to the House committee as he doesn’t want the Dem. members on the committee to know what is going on so that they (Schiff) can’t leak or undermine the work be done through both IG and Huber investigations, grand jury; and am

    basing this assumption on the fact that the President has very clearly stated that he now understands RR better and gets along well with RR, has said he has no intentions of firing him (at least, for the time being.

    And also thinking that Sundance is correct in that the President is expecting RR to clean up the mess he made).

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    • JX says:

      If Rosenstein was a “white hat” there would be prosecutions, and less need for oversight hearings. The hearings are needed because of DOJ nonfeasance and stonewalling. Half of Trump’s term has gone by and not a damn thing has been done.

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      • JasonD says:

        You do not know the time table they are working to. Ristvan pointed out that this is a lengthy process. POTUS likes Rod, go figure ……………….

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      • formerdem says:

        But so many things have been done! Let’s have some perspective and realize that for all those people who just got jobs, Trump’s focus has been where it needed to be. Don’t those people matter? Are we supposed to forget them? He has done so much! It is less than 2 years; he has not had the leverage to do anything about DoJ sooner than now, and if he did it before the election it would overwhelm the message about the economy. He has not been doing nothing. And I am not sure anybody here could play his hand as well as Trump has. I don’t think the anonymous kibitzers should be threatening to withdraw support, when the man facing the incoming fire for us all has done so well, and has put himself out there, everything at stake.

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        • JX says:

          My comment has nothing to do with DJT or his accomplishments. My comment pertains to ongoing DOJ corruption.

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        • steph_gray says:

          I have never yet stated what in my humble opinion constitutes a troll on CTH. But here it is – threatening to withdraw support from VSGPDJT and vote for the enemy left – that’s a troll.

          That said, I have not seen actual flat-out troll messages of that sort (Today. Yet. 😆). Just now and again subtle hints which make me go all Suspicious Cat. I do keep in mind the fact that the left does troll websites like this, so I sprinkle plenty of salt on everything before swallowing!

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      • All In for MAGA says:

        @JX: “not a damn thing has been done” ???

        James Comey, Director – FIRED
        Andrew McCabe, Deputy Director – FIRED
        Jim Rybicki, Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor – FIRED
        James Baker, General Counsel – FIRED
        Bill Priestap, Director of Counterintelligence (Strzok’s boss) – Cooperating witness [power removed]
        Peter Strzok, Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence – FIRED
        Lisa Page, Office of General Counsel – FIRED/FORCED
        Mike Kortan, Assistant Director for Public Affairs – FIRED
        Josh Campbell, Special Assistant to Comey – FIRED
        David Laufman, Chief of the Justice Department’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section [NAT SEC – HRC email invest] – FIRED/FORCE
        John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General – Head of DOJ’s National Security Division – FIRED/FORCED
        Sally Yates, Deputy Attorney General & Acting Attorney General – FIRED
        Mary McCord, Acting Assistant Attorney General – Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division – FIRED/FORCED
        Bruce Ohr, Associate Deputy Attorney General – Demoted 2x – cooperating witness [power removed] – TERMINATION IMMINENT
        Rachel Brand, Associate Attorney General – No. 3 official behind Deputy AG Rosenstein – FIRED/FORCED

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    • Julia Adams says:

      To me, it all depends on what the definition of what “cleaning up the mess he made” will look like. Otherwise, it’s a coverup. And, don’t forget Mueller placed Trump into check when he raided Cohen’s office. This could end up a stalemate.

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      • lemmus1 says:

        …bingo! …the Cohen raid and the NYT tax hit pieces were deep state threats against him and his …Trump’s number one priority is his family, as it should be …then us …he will sink the deep state when he’s sure they can’t harm his family, not before …but he will get both done …in his time, not ours

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    • Greg says:

      Yep…that would be a good possibility. If not, Justice will happen when PDJT is ready. I just do not know the true poll numbers; implementing something before the midterms will guarantee the holding of the house/senate…I only know Justice will happen. I’m sure PDJT knows the true poll numbers and the risk of waiting for justice.

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  25. I’m starting to feel like a fool for following all of this thinking it will be brought to light and justice will be done. Thinking of everything in it’s totality since the election, the perpetrators have gotten everything they’ve wanted in order to impede the president, hide evidence, obstruct and flout congressional investigations, and delay everything past the midterms as they require.

    They have executed their plan unencumbered by the rule of law and the consequences it brings, and they’re still out there fearlessly trying to stir up insurrection, mutiny, and outright sedition. They’re even selling books, going on speaking tours, doing paid media gigs, and dividing the country on social media every chance they get. None of these people seem scared to me. They seem committed and emboldened.

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    • formerdem says:

      they haven’t got everything they want! this scandal is intriguing but please review what PDJT has done, and how he has turned politics upside down. Are you sure his focus should be on this, rather than on midterms, rallies, SCOTUS, NoKo, ISIS, USMCA, KORUS, NATO, UN reform, pipelines, energy prices, getting industry back here, driving down unemployment… That stuff may not matter in your life but surely you see it does in many others? He prioritized helping other people first, he wasn’t doing “nothing.”

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      • steph_gray says:

        Yes.

        If the price of KAG (VSGPDJT has already MAGA) is that those of us in the weeds following the day to day twists and turns are frequently confused, and even made to feel foolish (oh my!), then IMHO it’s fine. The feeling foolish part usually passes in a few days when the next twist is reached. And the next twist is always a doozy.

        Welcome to the rollercoaster and enjoy the ride.

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  26. spren says:

    When you are dealing with three weasels (McCabe, Lisa Page, and RR) how can you choose which one, if any to believe. As SD has previously alluded, apparently McCabe and Lisa are threatened by what is being exposed and have chosen to throw the third rat RR under the bus. In my opinion, all three of these rats should hopefully become roadkill.

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  27. Pedro Morales says:

    Guys before you think Trump is not moving fast enough for you consider this— the former acting head of the FBI is claiming that the acting Attorney General engaged in a coup. the acting attorney general wanted to wire tap and invoke the 25th Amendment against the president of the United States. And the acting attorney general is claiming the former acting director of the FBI wanted to remove the president. let that sink in!!! we have never seen that in all of our history. Enjoy it do not rush it!

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    • Sherri Young says:

      The more I mull this, the more I think Rosenstein should not have used the term “joke”. A sarcastic reply actually would have been a natural enough response to an outrageous suggestion that the small group find a way to try to bait Trump and record him making some of his Trumpish remarks in order to try to invoke the 25th amendment. What is being missed in the rhetoric about Rosey and the wire is that he was not making a proposal but was responding to a proposal from McCabe.

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      • jello333 says:

        Not saying I’ve made up my mind yet over what color hat Rosenstein has been wearing (it may have actually changed at some point)… but what I will say is that I really DON’T believe he actually considered “wearing a wire” to go after Trump. My guess is such a suggestion from someone else would have been met with rolling his eyes, and a sarcastic “Sure thing guy, lemme get right on that.”

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      • steph_gray says:

        Bongino said much the same thing yesterday. It’s an interesting theory.

        Never have wished to be a fly on the wall so many times as I have in the past two years…

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  28. Retired IG says:

    Rosenstein’s announcement that he will not testify comes one DAY after being with President Trump on Air Force One?! What a coinkeydink.
    Look at the committee – I see member’s in that chicken hawk coop who really haven’t gotten over Kavenaugh’s nomination yet, and it seems are or are willing to risk their positions of power over his nomination:
    https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members
    This is definitely NOT a game of CHECKERS. Wish I had learned to pay CHESS (my sister cannot believe I never learned it, as I guess she has played Chess with her two sons). But I think Rosenstein’ and President Trump decided yesterday – this is Chess. Knight One to Bishop
    Four (think I heard that in a movie – it’s a game of power).
    I LIKE the Trump/Rosenstein move for RR NOT to not testify in front of the Kangaroo Judiciary court.
    I believe it will drive the opposition to President Trump into FURTHER desperation. With no MEAT to hook their claws into re Rosenstein prior to the midterms. I believe THERE WILL BE BLOOD drawn.re Infighting, etc.
    Such as the chant in Iowa last night: LOCK HER UP (Feinstein). While I laughed about the chant in the crowd last night, tonight I feel edgy, but somehow VERY HAPPY that the former sheeples are NO LONGER ASHAMED to give VOICE to their COLD ANGER.
    It’s like a pot of water that has been simmering on a burner for a LONG TIME. It’s coming to a boil now, and I have to admit, I am a bit frightened about what is happening.
    I do trust though, that all will work out for us – both Dem and Rep and Ind. Please vote.
    Nonetheless, I have gained independence of my Byzantine Catholic upbringing. Years of struggle with Priests, their pedophilia, and the hypocrisy. I love this prayer which I have on my fridge and read almost daily:
    https://www.esotericstudies.net/invocation.html
    Today was also John Lennon’s birthday. From reading comments on this site, I know some would not like him but I do like this song (given my history): Think that when the Deep State has you in their rifle scope – they will hunt, torture you, and as in so many cases, EXTERMINATE YOU.

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  29. Skippy says:

    Don’t know what President Trump knows.

    Don’t trust either FBI McCabe or DAG Rosenstein.

    Do trust General Flynn however.

    I’m thinking our President needs to decide since he knows or should know all.

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    • Rhoda R says:

      Skippy, why do you think that President Trump has NOT decided and we are seeing the results of that decision? I have never gotten the impression that the President is dithering over anything.

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  30. TheLastDemocrat says:

    Wow. So much trolling.

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  31. Milton says:

    Is Trump waiting for after the midterms?

    “Short and sweet, the predominant scenario and buzz among D.C. insiders would launch Nikki Haley into the U.S. Senate in South Carolina, replacing Lindsey Graham.Graham would run the Justice Department. After the midterms. Haley’s former lieutenant governor — while Haley was governor — is now the governor of South Carolina, who would be responsible for appointing Graham’s replacement.”

    Knowing the backstories Graham gets to clean house at the DOJ. After 2 years he can run for his old Senate seat!
    https://truepundit.com/lindsey-the-next-ag-nikki-haley-the-next-u-s-senator-easy-senate-confirmation-may-be-too-good-for-trump-to-pass-up/

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    • George1 says:

      Ms. Lindsey might turn out to be another Sessions. IMHO he can’t be trusted just because he came to the aid of a Bush guy. I was glad it did it but the next AJ has to be a bulldog from outside the Swamp. JMHO.

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  32. Red Shannon says:

    POTUS needs to give his loyal base a substantial morsel soon. Stringing things along for so long will eventually hit the point of diminishing returns.

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    • formerdem says:

      Morsel of bloody meat? No, all he has to give me is people getting jobs, African Americans who have been pounding the pavement and getting the door shut in the faces BANG have jobs now. NoKo being managed, ISIS gone, USMCA, NATO being reformed, and so so much pro-life stuff…. He does not have to hang a dozen government officials to please me. I am happy that a million other people are happy and employed and proud of life. I don’t demand justice since I am not ready to face it myself, and I don’t need to look suffering people in the eye the moment they are condemned, to feel the zizz of life. Just happy employed people. I am not forgetting them. I am not forgetting them.

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      • Kaco says:

        Oh, I see, I scrolled up, maybe you did mean what you said to me. So you’re trying to make people feel guilty for daring to want justice served at the utter corruption that has set this country on fire? Ooookay. To each their own.

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        • formerdem says:

          No, I am in favor of justice. I am not in favor of kibitzing President Trump at this moment, and threatening to withdraw support. The whole thread was people saying he has done nothing and they are soooo disappointed and he had better provide some morsel for his supporters who have got nothing so far. Way to lose the midterms on a good man. Was that unfair?

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          • Kaco says:

            I didn’t think that was implied, no we don’t abandon support, we all have to vote straight Rs, and prevent Dems from gaining control, and hope to gain more seats! I might not agree with the strategy here of waiting until after the unknown outcome of the midterms. Keep praying!

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  33. rayvandune says:

    I have an idea… at the next rally, the crowd starts chanting “RELEASE THE DOCS” and does not stop until Trump says he will do it the next morning! And if he doesn’t, the crowd at the NEXT rally after THAT starts chanting it, AND WILL NOT STOP!!

    Isn’t it about time THAT promise was kept?!

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  34. CuriousInAz says:

    Who doesn’t like John Lennon’s music?

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  35. DanO64 says:

    I have maintained my position on this Spygate for a long time. I stand firm. We all are entitled to our opinion. Cutting others down it getting old.

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  36. Kaco says:

    I don’t know why Pres Trump is holding back, especially when I think the entire DOJ is corrupt. There is no bright side to this. The nation needs justice badly. This stuff needs exposed and justice served so the rats don’t try it again or will be sorry if they do. This is really beyond one person and one President. This is an outrage, same with the plot against Kavanaugh. Our country hangs in the balance.

    I really think it should blow up before midterms, the DOJ must think the Dems have a chance to win since they continue to delay, and delay some more. I don’t like waiting, it would be like a Wikileaks drop, if the corruption was exposed before the midterms. And we’d demand the dismantling of the SC, the firings, etc. And since the SC and the DOJ already know the answers before the public does, they need to be prosecuted, as they continued the witch hunt, on our dime, of course, in knowing the entire thing was a fake, made-up, framing and excuse to spy on the Trump campaign and punish everyone who worked on it.

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    • George1 says:

      The problem is no one is trying to prosecute any of these people at this time. To drain the Swamp the Swamp defenders have to be fired and replaced with people who are amenable to draining the Swamp. As long as Sessions, Wray and RR are there, no draining will take place.

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    • formerdem says:

      Maybe you are not one of those who was suffering in the Obama economy. But others were. DoJ corruption is important but so are NoKo’s nukes, ISIS cruelty…. I don’t think he has to do your favorite thing first, especially if you were not really one of those suffering before. If you think he has done nothing, you have really “forgotten” a lot of other people. You forgot them. Trump didn’t.

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      • Kaco says:

        What?

        “My favorite thing first”, where are you coming up with this? It seems you have added or inferred a lot or responded to the wrong person.

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  37. NJF says:

    POTUS on the phone with Shannon Breem right now. Very in depth.

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  38. Rgt says:

    Street fighting is dirty. We sent the right person to the Whitehouse

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  39. Jimney says:

    So, who is briefing our President on what RR is doing?
    I’m sorry but I find the whole Trump is using RR for leverage hard to believe. Very hard to believe. ( Love your work Sundance just don’t agree on this) RR has done nothing but obstruct from day one and is still to this day.

    If RR is caught up in all this,oh well. It’s time to unredact everything and start charging people. Republican Senators /Congressman need to get a spine. I’m sick of hearing the same ol sound bites.

    If it don’t hit the fan after the midterms. Mind you Should be before. But if the sh.t don’t hit the fan after midterms. I really don’t think it’s going to ever.. Ugh….

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    • gman-reloaded says:

      Agreed. I cannot see the advantage of PDJT not declassifying everything. If PDJT declassifies before any Mueller report drops, then the declas nullifies the report.

      UNLESS, of course, the DS has something on PDJT we don’t know about

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    • steph_gray says:

      I disagree strongly on the idea that “If it (the exposure of the swamp) doesn’t happen before the midterms, it will never happen.” It doesn’t make logical sense at all.

      I think it’s _more_ likely to happen then, when the entire MAGA lineup is in a stronger position after a red wave.

      Oh. Wait. The statement _assumes_ there will be a blue wave.

      Well. I knew there was a fault in that argument somewhere! 🤔 😆

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  40. Convert says:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/rosenstein-mccabe-feud-dates-back-to-angry-standoff-in-front-of-mueller/2018/10/10/8a7e99fe-ccac-11e8-a3e6-44daa3d35ede_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.b65ac2dd439b Holy crap– there’s lots of new, to me anyway, info in here about how out of control McCabe has been from the start and how RR has been at war with him from the get-go.

    It reinforces what I posted earlier about why RR is stalling– and this is coming out now because indictments are coming…
    McCabe is truly unbelievable. Just a human cartoon of arrogance, hubris, evil…

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    • George1 says:

      Hope and Pray that you are right Convert.

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    • Monticello says:

      The article is behind a pay wall and I am not contributing to to the WP.
      Anyone have a copy they can post here?

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      • Ad rem says:

        Read for free….using outline.com.

        https://outline.com/Lg9MvT

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      • Kaco says:

        Delete your cookies for WP.

        Shortly after Robert S. Mueller III was appointed to investigate possible coordination between President Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin, he was drawn into a tense standoff in which Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and then-acting FBI director Andrew McCabe each urged the other to step aside from the case, according to people familiar with the matter.

        At the time of the confrontation in mid-May 2017, tensions were running high at the FBI and Justice Department, and between Rosenstein and McCabe. Trump had just fired James B. Comey as the bureau’s director, and almost immediately afterward, FBI officials had opened a case into whether the president had obstructed justice.

        [Rosenstein was serious about Trump wiretap, top FBI lawyer says]

        Some in the bureau eyed Rosenstein warily, because he had authored a memo that was used by the administration to justify Comey’s termination. If the president had obstructed justice, they reasoned, Rosenstein may have played a role in that. Justice Department officials, meanwhile, were concerned that the FBI — and McCabe in particular — may have acted too hastily to open an investigative file on the president after Comey was fired and that the move could be painted as an act of anger or revenge.

        The previously unreported episode involving Mueller, Rosenstein and McCabe — which occurred within days of Mueller’s becoming special counsel — underscores the deep suspicion between senior law enforcement officials who were about to embark on a historic, criminal investigation of the president. That mistrust has continued to this day, with defenders of each offering conflicting accounts of exactly what was said and meant in the days surrounding Mueller’s appointment.

        The people familiar with the meeting spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal Justice Department deliberations.

        Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, center, and then-acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, left, appear at a congressional hearing on June 7, 2017. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
        The meeting came just days after a gathering of senior Justice Department officials — including McCabe and his key deputy — in which Rosenstein, according to McCabe, suggested secretly recording the president’s conversations to gather evidence against him.

        According to a memo McCabe wrote after that meeting, Rosenstein had also suggested trying to muster support among Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. Rosenstein’s defenders have denied that he tried to support a constitutional move against Trump and say his comment about recording the president was not meant seriously and wasn’t pursued.

        Days later, there was another meeting, smaller and more tense.

        McCabe was summoned to meet with Rosenstein and Mueller to talk about his possible recusal, these people said. While the accounts of current and former officials familiar with the confrontation differ in some key respects, they agree on the basic terms of the discussion — Rosenstein wanted McCabe out of the Russia probe, and McCabe felt differently, arguing that it was the deputy attorney general, not the head of the FBI, who should step away from the case.

        One person said part of Rosenstein’s argument was that, because McCabe had years earlier worn a T-shirt supporting his wife’s campaign for a state Senate seat in Virginia, he could not be considered objective in a political probe. A photo of McCabe wearing the shirt had been posted on social media during the campaign, leading some to later question whether he had violated rules that limit government employees’ advocacy for political candidates.

        McCabe’s wife had run unsuccessfully as a Democrat in 2015, with major financial support from a key ally of Hillary Clinton — an issue that prompted Trump to publicly and privately attack McCabe when he learned of it in late 2016.

        Two people familiar with the meeting said McCabe brought with him to the meeting a document from FBI ethics officials that said McCabe had abided by ethics rules.

        One person familiar with the confrontation denied that the T-shirt or his wife’s campaign was part of Rosenstein’s rationale, saying the proposed recusal had to do with McCabe’s recent public and private statements expressing deep loyalty to Comey and unhappiness over his firing.

        McCabe argued that Rosenstein’s authoring of a memo — which criticized Comey’s handling of the earlier investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state — meant that the deputy attorney general was the one who should step away from the case.

        “Andy was angry,” said one person familiar with the matter, adding that McCabe slapped the document down in front of Rosenstein at one point in the discussion.

        Representatives for all three of the meeting’s participants declined to comment for this story.

        In the end, neither Rosenstein nor McCabe recused from the Russia investigation, and it was clear in that meeting and after that Mueller would have a great degree of independence and control over his investigation, including management of Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents detailed to him. Mueller previously served as FBI director from 2001 to 2013.

        The McCabe-Rosenstein relationship has only worsened with time. McCabe was fired earlier this year over what the Justice Department’s inspector general said were falsehoods he told to internal FBI investigators. That matter is now the subject of a grand jury investigation.

        The contentious meeting between Mueller, Rosenstein and McCabe did not settle the public questions about who should or shouldn’t be involved in the Russia probe.

        Some lawyers have argued that Rosenstein should have recused, given his central role in the Comey firing and conversations with White House officials leading up to that moment. Typically, Justice Department recusals are done at the recommendation of the department’s ethics lawyers.

        Rosenstein has remained the acting attorney general for the Russia probe, and people close to the case said that is in large part because Mueller is comfortable with that arrangement.

        The Rosenstein-McCabe relationship has come under renewed scrutiny as lawmakers have demanded answers about memos written by McCabe and his ­then-senior counsel, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, about the discussions on May 16, 2017, in which McCabe wrote that Rosenstein suggested recording the president and discussed the 25th Amendment.

        Lawmakers had sought a private question-and-answer session with Rosenstein on the issue to be held Thursday, but on Wednesday officials announced that the meeting had been postponed indefinitely. The session was to follow closely on the heels of news reports that a top FBI lawyer, James Baker, had been told of Rosenstein’s comments in real time and took them to be serious — though he was not present when they were made.

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    • mtk says:

      Look at this way, McCabe either put Rosenstein in an untenable position at best, and at worst was up to his eye balls in being McCabe’s hatchet man.

      My opinion is Rosenstein is the last man standing on the sinking ship and is very preoccupied with writing, “Last minute messages in a bottle explaining, ‘It was not him!’, that steared the ship into the iceberg!”

      Trouble is, no matter what, “The ship is still sinking and he is still on it.”

      RR time to put the pen down and pray for a life vest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Kaco says:

      I started skimming the comments, these people still believe the right commenters are Russian bots, still going on about “President Putin” and Don Jr’s guilt. It’s hard to believe how deluded these people are, and they think WE are the ones deluded!

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    • lemmus1 says:

      …interesting article … the only problem is it’s in the WP …read the following article by Dana Milbank(sic) if you don’t understand …when I see this confirmed by sources other than the MSM, I’ll pay more attention

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  41. mtk says:

    Correct me if I am wrong…

    Timeline wise, “Is not the time at which RR is making his wear a wire exclaimations, is the same time period in which PDJT tweeted a remark about, his awariness that there maybe Comey secretly recorded his debriefing with the President, since Comey floated the idea that he had voice of his interview briefing the President on the dossier.” I believe PDJT tweeted something to the effect to calling the bluff.

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  42. Mary Ann Miller says:

    We can but like they say “its the optics”.

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  43. Iggy Scott says:

    And this is the kind of thinking that has allowed Cancer to survive and metastasis throughout the organs of Government. — Larry Nichols has long said he received the same raw FBI background files on loads of individuals in government that the Clintons swiped when Bill first entered the White House and that he’s been fed more over the years as he crusaded against the Clintons….. but when asked the obvious question: why he doesn’t expose the very bad actors, he basically said having leverage on an evil person is preferred to a blank slate being put in his place…..

    This makes Government — just a Game.

    Who can have the most dirt on the biggest players…?

    B-A-N-A-N-A R-E-P-U-B-L-I-C

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  44. Pokey says:

    I hope everyone is right about this and Rosenstein doesn’t have PDJT by the nuts instead. Why wouldn’t Trump expose this guy if he has the goods on him. Trump says he needs the Repubs to win next month, which is an undeniable understatement, and blowing Rosenstein out of the water would help to marginalize the Commie Mob as well would put a damper on marginal Commie Mob voters, too.

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    • Ockham's Phaser says:

      Rosenstein is Muellers boss. By controlling Rosenstein(with leverage), Trump controls Mueller. At this point, trading away ‘whipping up the base’ for suppressing an October surprise from the Mueller gang, may be what PDT is shooting for. Besides, the Democrats are doing a splendid job of invigorating the conservative vote all by themselves..

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    • jello333 says:

      Okay, it would be great if Trump were to expose it all. We would love it… but the anti-Trumpers would just say it was lies Trump had dreamed up, and even the fence-sitters might not know who to believe. But what if, instead, someone like Rosenstein helped to expose it all? Haven’t most anti-Trumpers been sticking up for Rosey, even telling Trump “You’d better not even THINK about firing him!” Soooo…. imagine the splodey heads if when things start to be disclosed, it’s Rosenstein who is the public face of some of that sunlight. I think THAT is part of what Trump is trying to do with the leverage (and I think Sundance is right) he has over Rod. In other words, as long as there’s no evidence that Rosenstein was deep into the conspiracy, and happily trying to take Trump down, that he was only going along for some (as yet) unknown reasons, then I think Trump would be willing to let him off relatively easy. If Rosenstein were to suddenly show himself willing to take down the conspirators, Trump might be willing to let him play that role, going down in history as a Greyish-White Hat.

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      • dutzie60 says:

        Jello, I agree. I think it will be to PT’s advantage for the mess to be disclosed by the swamp (DOJ) instead of him. The MSM will have a harder time spinning it as “another Trump lie”. I also agree with the idea that PT is going to make sure his family survives unscathed in all of this crap. Whew, lots on his plate and I’m just praying he is successful with it all.

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    • steph_gray says:

      Oh sheesh _nobody_ has VSGPDJT by anything of the sort!

      Lots of people on here implying lately that the President is helpless, or dumb, or some variation of that. The answer to the question “Why wouldn’t Trump expose this guy…?” is that there is something called timing involved, not to mention plenty none of us know about the twists and turns of the leverage sundance has mentioned.

      I am getting suspicious cat again…

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  45. billrla says:

    Y’all figure it out and let me know what happened in the morning. Time to go read a good book. Nighty-night.

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  46. The greatest threat to MAGA isn’t Mueller. Mueller is at a dead end. The greatest threat to MAGA is losing the house. POTUS has a bombay full of bombs that he can drop on all of his enemies before the election and nearly completely destroy them, as well as the Democrat party itself it’s so damaging. Releasing that information after you’ve lost the house would be pointless. You’ve still lost the house.

    If you’re going to tell me that he’s using “leverage” to force Rosenstein to clean up the mess he created, show me one single action on Rosenstein’s part that he has taken toward doing so and I’ll sign on. All I see is that Rosenstein is a survivor. He’s a snake charmer. And he has convinced POTUS to avoid taking direct action that would expose his involvement, and provide him the delay he needs until after the midterms so that Democrats can kill the house investigation (thorn in Rosenstein’s side) should they win the house.

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    • DJ says:

      “Releasing that information after you’ve lost the house would be pointless.”
      ——————————————————————————————
      Not necessarily. It depends on who would be compromised by the release of the info. There might still be leverage available to be applied against Dim members of the House and some in the Senate as well. If that is the case, keeping control of the info now might help control members of those chambers later. It’s just a thought…

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  47. Deplore Able says:

    I, for one, enjoy seeing Rozy twisting in the wind. For Rozy there is no escape. PDJT doesn’t want to fire Rozy as Dems will cry “obstruction.” The DECLAS is totally within PDJT’s control. If PDJT does DECLAS now, the Dems will cry “obstruction.” It is better to let Congress force Rozy to testify and turn over McCabe’s memos. Then the truth is revealed thought Congress and PDJT can’t be accused of obstruction.

    In the meantime, Rozy twists in the wind. There is no escape for him. All he can do is delay. Or perhaps, he can voluntarily come clean and admit his role in the plot, together with Comey, McCabe and Baker, to appoint Mueller as Special Counsel to obstruct the PDJT presidency and attempt to entrap PJDT in some impeachable offense.

    In the meantime, swing well Mr. Rozy, back and forth and round and round you go.

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    • gman-reloaded says:

      “…It is better to let Congress force Rozy to testify and turn over McCabe’s memos. Then the truth is revealed thought Congress and PDJT can’t be accused of obstruction.”

      OMG-when are folks going to realize that Congress CANNOT and/or WILL NOT “force” RR or anyone else in the DS to testify? Subpoena’s? They are as worthless as the toilet paper I just used.

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  48. bandfreak22 says:

    I’m wondering too… by PT having this leverage over RR, the Dems will not be tempted to release their October surprise. With this leverage, PT is controlling the climate heading into the midterms. If they were to unleash anything between now and Nov, PT can make public what he has on RR which in turn could contain info on the rest of the cabal (they know this, and know what info PT has). They wouldn’t want that.

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    • taxpayer here says:

      I wholeheartedly believe our duly elected President has many aces up his sleeve and only to be revealed at an opportune time(s). It’s definitely a nail biter, but I believe.

      Remember November folks and vote Republican up and down ballot because our Country depends on it!!

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    • Kris says:

      “DAG Rosenstein does not want his involvement in the fraud to be exposed; hence his request to block/stall/delay the declassification directive”.Correct me if I’m wrong, but everyone and their brother are discussing this, it’s all over FB, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube. The only people who don’t know are the ones who don’t want to know and won’t believe it when it does come to light. Just pull off the freeking band-aid!!

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      • Jpcarson says:

        Really, what’s the secret!!! With books coming out by Jarrett, Judge Jeanine, and dynamite Dan Bongino—like, all the details may not be known but the big picture has been laid bare. The only ones because my fooled are the uninformed!

        And nobody should think Donald Trump is being played by Rosenstein! That is laughable. The President is playing a strategy that we are not fully aware of—he is not being played by Rosey!!!

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        • Jpcarson says:

          Wow!!—“the only ones being fooled…”! Wish there was an edit button! Lol

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        • peakae says:

          I mentioned “Steele dossier” to a coworker yesterday who is Liberal. Never heard of it. I threw out names of those involved. Never heard of them; don’t know anything about it. The Russia collusion evidence … “conspiracy theory”
          The choice to remain uninformed is strong in the sheep.

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          • bandfreak22 says:

            I encounter this same thing. My co-workers that are liberal do not know what we know, nor do they investigate to learn any truth. I know some of them watch MSNBC to get their “truth.” One has admitted to me that she and her husband like Rachel Maddow. Yikes.

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      • Mark L. says:

        To inflict the most pain from a wound, one must slowly pull the blind aide off. Each excruciating little hair and scabby inflicts additional suffering. Nice and slow Mr. President.
        Nice and slow.

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    • Mary Angela says:

      I am betting the little worm was frisked down to his undies. Note that General Kelly bounded off the plane just ahead of Rosey the Worm.. Also note that you cannot record on AF One. A grand place to have the interview. Kelly has had the talk with Rosenstein and I am betting he has a letter of resignation from him since that meeting between the Good General and the Rosy. At this moment Trump is playing with the Worm like a Cat with a mouse.

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  49. Rowdyone says:

    But if the Dims win the Congress in November these Congressional investigations will be shut down and the President will lose his leverage won’t he? Yes, a Republican minority can still blow the whistle in the papers but, as we’ve already seen, the legacy media will again refuse to cover it which means “it never happened”. And the corrupt DOJ will never prosecute the corrupt Democratic deep state. Then we will be in uncharted waters when it comes to recognizing government legitimacy. The President must act before the election and even now it may be too late IMHO.

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    • Doc Moore says:

      Actually, he won’t lose all his leverage. I don’t think Congress can prevent him declassifying, and I don’t think they can prevent him from insisting that the DOJ file proper indictments. If the Socialists do win, they will go to work instantly trying to undo everything and impeach everyone. The nation will reach a level of political constipation that could lead to very great violence.

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