VIDEO Rosenstein Threatens Overseers, Off Rails – Andrew McCabe sues FBI and DOJ – DOJ Showing ‘Utter Contempt

GOP pols slam Rosenstein, say staff ‘shaking’ in fear over ‘threats’

June 13, 2018  By Adam Shaw

GOP lawmakers accused the Justice Department of “intimidation” on the heels of a Fox News report that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein once threatened to “subpoena” House committee members, with one lawmaker now claiming staffers have been left “physically shaking” over Rosenstein’s tactics.

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reported Tuesday on emails that described a tense closed-door meeting in January. Written by commitee staffers, they said Rosenstein threatened to subpoena emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and aides on the House Intelligence Committee — in response to inquiries regarding the Russia probe.

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One staffer said Rosenstein launched a “sustained personal attack against a congressional staffer in retaliation for vigorous oversight” and called the threats “downright chilling.”

The DOJ and FBI have disputed the characterizations of the meetings, with a DOJ official telling Fox News that officials in the room described the characterization of events as false.

Further, the official said that when Rosenstein returns to the United States from a work trip, “he will request that the House General counsel conduct an internal investigation of these Congressional staffers’ conduct.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose recusal in 2017 put Rosenstein in charge of the Russia investigation, backed his deputy Tuesday night.

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“I’m confident that Deputy Rosenstein, 28 years in the Department of Justice, did not improperly threaten anyone on that occasion, but we do believe that we have tried to be cooperative with them and made progress … in fact have had some good relationships with top members of Congress,” Sessions said on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

But Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who sits on the House Oversight Committee, blasted Sessions for the remarks, saying he was “flabbergasted.”

“I mean what is the attorney general saying?” he said on “The Ingraham Angle,” before listing a series of areas in which he believes Rosenstein has not complied with committee requests.

“[A]nd today we learned in Catherine’s report that … Rod Rosenstein was threatening members of the House Intelligence Committee for doing their job, for trying to get answers for the American people and the attorney general says ‘that’s okay, we’re doing just fine’?”

Jordan and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said that they will push for a House vote on a resolution that would urge Rosenstein to comply with committee requests.

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Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz further claimed that he’s heard about “threats” from Rosenstein as well, saying “the DOJ’s intimidation and stone-walling tactics have gone too far.”

“I’ve heard first-hand from congressional staff following threats delivered by Rod Rosenstein,” he said in a statement. “Staff has literally been scared to the point of physically shaking in my congressional office out of concern for their family.”

Gaetz went on to say that Rosenstein was “intractably conflicted” and should recuse himself from investigations into the Trump campaign and the behavior of FBI and DOJ officials.

“Now, from refusing to produce documents, to improperly redacting documents, to threatening our staff, it is clear that Rod Rosenstein will use every tool at his disposal to frustrate congressional oversight,” he said.

On Tuesday night on Fox News’ “The Story,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-.S.C., told host Martha MacCallum he has “just about had it with the Rosenstein approach.”

“We have a duty to oversee the Department of Justice, and here’s what I’d say to Mr. Rosenstein: If you don’t believe that the Department of Justice was off the rails, you are clearly not looking at the same Department of Justice I’m looking at,” Graham said.

“If you don’t believe the FBI was in the tank for [Hillary] Clinton and hated Trump, you’re not looking at the emails over there to be seen. So don’t be upset because we’re calling you out on having a Department of Justice that is out of control,” he said.

Asked about the January meeting, Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., provided a statement to Fox News noting they referred the incident to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office: “The Intelligence Committee considers staff concerns at the most serious level, especially those involving interactions with the executive branch. Based on the justified concerns expressed by our lead staff investigators, we referred this matter to the Speaker’s Office.”

A senior Justice Department official told Fox News that Rosenstein and others have offered to meet Thursday with a group of House leaders known as the Gang of Eight, regarding earlier record requests.

A DOJ official also told Fox News that Rosenstein “never threatened anyone in the room with a criminal investigation.” The official said the department and bureau officials in the room “are all quite clear that the characterization of events laid out here is false,” adding that Rosenstein was responding to a threat of contempt.

“The Deputy Attorney General was making the point—after being threatened with contempt — that as an American citizen charged with the offense of contempt of Congress, he would have the right to defend himself, including requesting production of relevant emails and text messages and calling them as witnesses to demonstrate that their allegations are false,” the official said. “That is why he put them on notice to retain relevant emails and text messages, and he hopes they did so. (We have no process to obtain such records without congressional approval.)”

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, Pamela K. Browne and Cyd Upson contributed to this report.

Adam Shaw is a Politics Reporter and occasional Opinion writer for FoxNews.com. He can be reached here or on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/13/gop-pols-slam-rosenstein-say-staff-shaking-in-fear-over-threats.html


Fitton: DOJ Showing ‘Utter Contempt for Congress’ by Not Releasing Docs on FBI’s Trump Informant

June 13, 2018

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the Justice Department has shown an “utter contempt for Congress” by failing to provide documents related to the FBI’s alleged use of an informant in President Trump’s 2016 campaign.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) had given the DOJ until Tuesday to turn over the documents.

After the DOJ failed to do so, Republican lawmakers said that they will be pushing for a vote on a resolution that compels the department to cease the delays and finally release all remaining documents related to the Trump campaign probe.


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Fitton said committees in the House and Senate are supposed to have direct oversight over the DOJ and FBI, but they are being prevented from doing so.

He pointed to reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to “subpoena” emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and staff on the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee during a tense meeting earlier this year.

“I’m not aware of that ever happening before,” Fitton said on “Fox & Friends First.” “I can’t imagine a scenario in these circumstances where it would have been appropriate.”

He noted that President Trump has previously intervened in an attempt to get the records released, but the DOJ “thumbed its nose at him.”

“He needs to order the records to be released because the Justice Department can’t be left to their own devices here.”

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/06/13/tom-fitton-slams-doj-not-releasing-documents-trump-probe-campaign-informant


It’s Not Personal, Mr. Rosenstein, Its Strictly Government Business

Rod_Rosenstein_Official_DAG_PortraitIt appears that things got ugly in a recent meeting between Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and House oversight staff.  Rosenstein reportedly threatened to “subpoena” House committee members if they went after him with a contempt sanction for failing to turn over material on the FBI’s investigation of Trump campaign officials.  If the account is true, it was a mistake by Rosenstein.   To quote The Godfather, oversight is not personal, its oversight business.The report comes in the same week as news that former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe will be suing the government over access to material.

Rosenstein’s supporters insist no threat was made and he merely stated that he has rights to and could respond to any charge with a move to subpoena emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and aides on the House Intelligence Committee.  This is not the time for such threats.  Oversight committees are supposed to make agencies uncomfortable. In the past, the intelligence committee were notorious for chummy relationship with the agencies and a distinct lack of oversight.  Combining a failure to turn over material to an oversight committee with threats is an unwise decision.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has objected that Rosenstein’s comments were misrepresented.  That could well be the case, particularly in the difference between Rosenstein using his personal right to defend against a charge and his using a criminal subpoena.  However, it was a mistake to make any type of threat in such meetings.  You have to let it go as a high-ranking official.

The threat itself is less than credible.  Courts have generally supported the oversight committee in their seeking documents and these allegations fall squarely within the oversight jurisdiction of the House committee.

 

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6 Responses to VIDEO Rosenstein Threatens Overseers, Off Rails – Andrew McCabe sues FBI and DOJ – DOJ Showing ‘Utter Contempt

  1. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:
    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    When is Sessions and Rosenstein going to be charged with “obstruction of justice?” They report to Congress on this investigation and are not cooperating with them. They are hiding the evidence. They both need to be fired because impeachment takes too long and drawn out with the way the government politicians operate.

    If no one else will do anything – it is time for Prez Trump to step in and fire Mueller, Rosenstein, and Sessions. That way we will get all of the Dem’s all stirred up for sure. He has the authority.

    kommonsentsjane

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  2. Brittius says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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