Leaked emails: Rosenstein THREATENED the Intel Committee to STOP investigating

Fox News obtained emails describing a meeting where Rosenstein appeared to threaten members of the Intelligence Committee with a subpoena as a response to demands for intelligence from the DOJ.

Sounds problematic.

Fox News’ legal analyst Greg Jarrett tweeted about the accusations way back in February:

But they just recently obtained emails describing the interaction.



More from 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.”

I have seen Jarrett prevaricate about a lot so I don’t trust him much – but if they have these emails and it happened the way it happened, then it seems pretty heinous.

The DOJ is denying it:

“The FBI disagrees with a number of characterizations of the meeting as described in the excerpts of a staffer’s emails provided to us by Fox News,” the FBI said in a statement.

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.

But I mean, of course they would. So this would be pretty hard evidence that Rosenstein and his crew are willing to commit illegal acts to cover their butts. If it happened as the emails say….

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