Monday, July 30, 2018 by JD Heyes
Last week 11 brave Republican lawmakers stood up for what’s right and filed an impeachment resolution against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
As reported by The National Sentinel, the lawmakers – led by House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio – accused Rosenstein of intentionally withholding documents and information from Congress; failing to comply with congressional subpoenas; and abusing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court.
In addition, Rosenstein signed the third of three FISA applications used to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, even though Republicans note he was aware that the warrant applications relied heavily on the phony-baloney “Russia dossier” paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
“If that wasn’t bad enough, it was Rosenstein who then appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the wholly fabricated narrative of Russian collusion and obstruction of justice — further hampering POTUS Trump in his ability to run the country and conduct foreign policy,” The National Sentinel reported.
And yet, despite all of these allegations – which are based on documented evidence – Rosenstein’s supposed boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, publicly voiced support for his deputy the day the impeachment resolution was filed.
Why would he do that?
“My deputy, Rod Rosenstein, is highly capable. I have the highest confidence in him,” Sessions – a former long-serving U.S. senator – said, as reported by Reuters. “What I would like Congress to do is to focus on some of the legal challenges that are out there,” especially when it comes to dealing with illegal immigration.
Reuters noted further:
Rosenstein has become a frequent punching bag for Trump supporters for appointing Mueller to take over the Russia investigation from the FBI. The president has denied collusion with Moscow and characterizes the probe as a “witch hunt.” Russia has denied interfering in the election.
It’s hard to take such reporting seriously – there wasn’t any Russian collusion between Team Trump and Moscow and most people in the establishment media know, or should know that, given the dearth of evidence following a lengthy investigation into the allegations by Muller. (Related: Jeff Sessions is not serving up the justice that Trump and the American people deserve on Comey, Clinton, and others.)
But it’s equally difficult to hear Sessions say such things with a straight face, especially since not all that long ago as a serving lawmaker he was very likely frustrated by the Obama administration’s repeated refusals to turn over information to congressional committees in a timely manner. And does he remember that Obama’s first AG, Eric Holder, was held in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate on the “Fast and Furious” scandal; does he want to be remembered as running the same kind of Justice Department?
Rosenstein hasn’t just been withholding documents and thwarting Congress’ constitutional oversight role. Many of the documents he has ‘allowed’ to be transferred to various committees are so redacted as to nearly be useless. He claims the redactions are heavy because of “ongoing investigations” but a) these lawmakers are cleared to see sensitive information; b) they’re entitled to see it; and c) many long-time Washington watchers know that heavy redactions most often are done to protect certain people or agencies from embarrassment or criminal exposure.
There are also reports that Rosenstein, increasingly angry with the aggressiveness of Republican congressional investigators, threatened them with subpoenas for their personal records, emails, and phone calls during a tense meeting earlier this year. Some aides described the threat as a “personal attack.”
“For nine months, we’ve asked for documents, and that’s all we want,” Meadows told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham last week. “Not only have subpoenas been ignored, but information has been hidden, efforts have been stonewalled.”
Jordan added: “We’re tired of the Justice Department giving us the finger.”
So are we. And we’re tired of Jeff Sessions allowing it to happen. He needs to go.
Read more about conservative efforts to clean up Obama corruption at Conservative.news.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.