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GOP-Led Committee Members Says Rosenstein Threatened Them With Subpoena, DOJ Denies

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein does not have the right in any context to unveil the phone records of Congress and their text messages. Who does he think he is?

Fox News contends that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein allegedly threatened to “subpoena” emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers during a meeting earlier this year.

Is it any wonder that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is buddies with Special Counsel Robert Mueller who in turn is buddies with former FBI Director James Comey? I think Rosenstein’s days at the DOJ are numbered. At a minimum, he should be investigated for his role in all of this.

It appears Rosenstein is very concerned if there is is a written trail of his communications with Congress; what was requested, by whom, and when. Nothing is being “compromised” by Congress exercising its lawful authority to request documents, nor is anything being “compromised” when those demands are in writing. Written requests make the record crystal clear about demands and responses—which Mr. Rosenstein does not like.

Source: Fox News

The emails memorialized a January 2018 closed-door meeting involving senior FBI and Justice Department officials as well as members of the House Intelligence Committee. The account claimed Rosenstein threatened to turn the tables on the committee’s inquiries regarding the Russia probe.

“The DAG [Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein] criticized the Committee for sending our requests in writing and was further critical of the Committee’s request to have DOJ/FBI do the same when responding,” the committee’s then-senior counsel for counterterrorism Kash Patel wrote to the House Office of General Counsel. “Going so far as to say that if the Committee likes being litigators, then ‘we [DOJ] too [are] litigators, and we will subpoena your records and your emails,’ referring to HPSCI [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence] and Congress overall.”

A second House committee staffer at the meeting backed up Patel’s account, writing: “Let me just add that watching the Deputy Attorney General launch a sustained personal attack against a congressional staffer in retaliation for vigorous oversight was astonishing and disheartening. … Also, having the nation’s #1 (for these matters) law enforcement officer threaten to ‘subpoena your calls and emails’ was downright chilling.”

However, the DOJ is defending Rosenstein and denying the threat claim:

A DOJ official 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 events are disputed, of course, and it’s possible the Congressional staffers did read too much into Rosenstein’s comments.

But these appear to be fairly senior staff members, and it’s pretty clear that Rosenstein is stoutly resisting Congressional oversight. So it sounds plausible especially since they were willing to go to the trouble of reporting their concerns.

But even if Rosenstein is responding to a threat of contempt, there’s no doubt that Congress has the power to do exactly that. I can’t imagine circumstances when it would be appropriate for an AG or Deputy AG to threaten to subpoena lawmakers for exercising Congressional oversight.

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Wayne Dupree

Wayne Dupree is owner and founder of WayneDupree.com. He was named to the 2017 Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans. He served in the USAF between 1987-1995. He saw time in Operation Desert Storm/Shield and is the father of three. He is the host of the Wayne Dupree Show.

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