UH OH: Rod Rosenstein just threw Obama and Comey under the bus…

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein gave a DOJ speech late yesterday and in it he kinda threw Obama and Comey under the bus, relating to the Russia shenanigans from back in 2016.

In case you can’t read that, here’s what it says:

The rule of law is our most important principle. Patriots must always defend the rule of law. Even when it is not in their personal interest, it is always in the national interest. If you find yourself asking, “What will this decision mean for me?” then you probably are not complying with your oath of office.

At my confirmation hearing in March 2017, a Republican Senator asked me to make a commitment. He said: “You’re going to be in charge of this [Russia] investigation. I want you to look me in the eye and tell me that you’ll do it right, that you’ll take it to its conclusion and you’ll report [your results] to the American people.”

I did pledge to do it right and take it to the appropriate conclusion. I did not promise to report all results to the public, because grand jury investigations are ex parte proceedings. It is not our job to render conclusive factual findings. We just decide whether it is appropriate to file criminal charges.

Some critical decisions about the Russia investigation were made before I got there. The previous Administration chose not to publicize the full story about Russian computer hackers and social media trolls, and how they relate to a broader strategy to undermine America. The FBI disclosed classified evidence about the investigation to ranking legislators and their staffers. Someone selectively leaked details to the news media. The FBI Director announced at a congressional hearing that there was a counterintelligence investigation that might result in criminal charges. Then the former FBI Director alleged that the President pressured him to close the investigation, and the President denied that the conversation occurred.

So that happened.

Conservatives on Twitter were wondering why Rosenstein can speak freely about this in speeches but not testify before congress:



Others were just shocked by his comments:

Ed Morrissey wrote this morning that “one gets the impression from this passage that [Rosenstein] will have much more to say about the actions and inactions that took place before Trump ever got to the White House.”

Indeed this could get very interesting.

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162 thoughts on “UH OH: Rod Rosenstein just threw Obama and Comey under the bus…

  1. Here is a link to a youtube video where Rudy Giuliani says to keep our eyes on the Ukraine because that is where most of the dirty work was done. Rudy also eludes to Biden’s bragging that he got the Ukrainian prosecutor fired because he was investigating a deeply corrupt Russian-Ukrainian company that Joe Biden’s son, Hunter was on the board of.

    https://youtu.be/szIWDzFEfyw

  2. Here is a link to a youtube video where Rudy Giuliani says to keep our eyes on the Ukraine because that is where most of the dirty work was done. Rudy also eludes to Biden’s bragging that he got the Ukrainian prosecutor general fired because he was investigating a deeply corrupt company that Biden’s son, Hunter was on the board of.

    https://youtu.be/szIWDzFEfyw

  3. From The Hill: https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/440730-how-the-obama-white-house-engaged-ukraine-to-give-russia-collusion

    Excerpt – “As Donald Trump began his meteoric rise to the presidency, the Obama White House summoned Ukrainian authorities to Washington to coordinate ongoing anti-corruption efforts inside Russia’s most critical neighbor.

    The January 2016 gathering, confirmed by multiple participants and contemporaneous memos, brought some of Ukraine’s top corruption prosecutors and investigators face to face with members of former President Obama’s National Security Council (NSC), FBI, State Department and Department of Justice (DOJ).

    A Ukrainian court in December concluded NABU’s release of the ledger was an illegal attempt to influence the U.S. election. And a member of Ukraine’s parliament has released a recording of a NABU official saying the agency released the ledger to help Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

    The other case raised at the January 2016 meeting, Telizhenko said, involved Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company under investigation in Ukraine for improper foreign transfers of money. At the time, Burisma allegedly was paying then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter as both a board member and a consultant. More than $3 million flowed from Ukraine to an American firm tied to Hunter Biden in 2014-15, bank records show.”

    The Obama administration’s obvious treasonous collusion with the Ukrainian government to influence the 2016 election should have been front page news back in January of 2016.

    1. The corruption went all the way to Obama and everyone in the WH knew it. So did the media who ignored it.

      1. @tracy I’m aware that Obama is directly involved. I’m also aware that Obama didn’t make any major decisions without running them by his baby sitter, Valery Jarrett first.

        Obama’s direct involvement was recently confirmed by Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch after he interviewed former head of the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Division, Bill Preistap during his Congressional hearing. Preistap’s testimony absolutely verified that Obama was personally involved in the Russian collusion hoax.

  4. Since Biden is compromised by foreign influence, Trump needs to plant some FBI spies in his campaign.

  5. Two observations:
    1) Rosenstein claims only that Russians hacked American computers–something that literally happens every day via malware, etc.–not that Russians hacked the DNC or phished Podesta and fed Wikileaks.
    2) Rosenstein characterizes the Russian election objective as merely “influence” rather than “interference.”

    In terms of protecting the predicate for the spying on the PDJT campaign and administration, this is very mild language–IMO, totally insufficient language–and a sharp departure from the “we’re at war or Russia installed a Manchurian candidate/administration” cries of the particularly deranged. Doesn’t exactly jive with the polls that claim as much as 48% of Dems believe (due to fraudulent MSM coverage) that Russians changed vote totals in 2016 either.

    I don’t know if Rosenstein’s much more reasonable tone regarding the insufficient predicate places a white or black hat on his head, but I do believe it may suggest that he is aware that the predicate is going to be destroyed and wants to get out in front of that revelation.

  6. ….and as soon as I get through with my CMA speaking tour,I’m going to write a book to cover my expenses and retirement income. You Know what Comey did.So there, KMA.

  7. Nothing really new besides Rosenstein’s reference to information we already know about the Obama administration’s coverup and mishandling of the Russian cyber attacks under his watch.

    Rosenstein is an enigma. I think that he was mostly at the periphery of the “deep state” events that unfolded. While Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Strzok, and others had a deep hate-on (the “deep hate”?) for Trump and were willing to break some rules to go after him, Rosenstein was probably just going along for the ride.

    Not sure about that, though. How serious was he when he jested about wearing a wire to push action under the 25th Amendment? He did authorize at least one FISA warrant against Page, right?

    Overall, his hands got dirty. But was that incidental dirt from just being a participant, or was he a key decision maker and driver of the shenanigans going on? I’m open to a spectrum of possibilities there.

  8. Rosenstein is probably passing razor blades every day figuring out how to CYA. Throwing others under the bus is an iffy solution as it encourages definite blow back. He should just keep his mouth shut and not make matters worse as you just know someone is going to force the “I’ll wear a wire and catch Trump on an impeachable offense” issue again. Either way, Rosenstein is a slimy little snake.

  9. When someone in Washington D.C. opens up their mouth to make allegations, you can bet it’s a deflection from their own actions. Rod ‘Which Way Is The Wind Blowing’ Rosenstein is no exception.

  10. Rosenstein seems like a rat fleeing a sinking ship and he’s trying to paint himself as having nothing to do with the ships status.

  11. I know folks love to hate Rosenstein. But ask yourself when, exactly, was Rosenstein confirmed for his current job?

    Because he didn’t even start working until after the TrumpRussia! Collusion! Dumpster fire started.

    Then ask yourself why he still has the confidence of Trump and AG Barr.

    Patience.

    1. But, his fingerprints are all over the making of the Russia collusion mess. He’d be a lot more trustworthy if he hadn’t been one of the ones signing off on bogus FISA warrants and plotting to overthrow the president himself.

      1. It could well be that he was an unwitting participant. It is quite likely that he signed off on the application because of the fraudulent evidence provided to him. Evidence he didn’t realize was fraudulent, because why would he? At some point prosecutors have to have faith that the cops, in this case the FBI, are legitimate until proven otherwise. Otherwise is now, it wasn’t so clear three years ago.

    2. I agree, K-Bob. He cannot be as bad as he appears because he was not fired. He could just be socially awkward and be trying to avoid going down the tubes in upcoming investigations that should expose the last administration as the most corrupt, covert in our history…or at least in modern times. I agree when Trump says, “This should never happen to another president EVER.” The demonrats continuing their scam should result in the largest majority of GOP across the board (preferably minus the RINOs).

    3. From everything I heard on Fox News, Rosenstein was working against Trump while working in his DOJ and nobody could understand why he wasn’t fired! It wasn’t about his association with Russia gate but how he played both sides and undermined Trump in his position at the DOJ? I remember wondering why Trump didn’t fire him…..there were some brutal exposes on Rosenstein playing both sides against the middle! I can’t pay attention enough to be a judge but I remember listening to the reports and thinking get the “fox” out of the hen house!!

      1. @sallyjohanna Fox reports what they are allowed to know. I’m not sure if they were the willing victims of a disinformation campaign designed to coerce the gullible leftists into predictable responses or not.

    4. @k-bob IMO, The Trump administration had the goods on everyone involved in the Obama administration’s Russian collusion hoax long before Rosenstein was involved. I say that because of one very key and crucial fact, that being the treasure trove of incriminating information discovered on the confiscated Weiner/Abedin lap top.

      It’s possible that Rosenstein’s late entrance in the Russian collusion scam was a calculated decision by then fired FBI director, Comey to insure that he had a close ally in place to run defense for him.

      It’s also quite plausible that Rosenstein was asked by Trump to play a counter intelligence role. Remember, Rosenstein had a one-on-one meeting with Trump soon after Trump fired Comey. I admit that I was a bit surprised by Barr’s glowing endorsement of Rosenstein on the day he held his Mueller report press conference. Barr’s endorsement of Rosenstein had me wondering if Barr was sincere or if he was employing a bit of subterfuge.

      I’m just not sure what to think about Rosenstein role.

      1. @conserve-58 I think both Rosenstein and Sessions have gotten a bad rap. But it’s hard to say. I’m happy to wait on the IG and US Attorney Huber to get us to endgame. Then the declassification should finish it all off.

        Now is too soon to pass judgement on those two.

  12. Ehhhhhhh……. yeah? This is uhhh….. wait, why is this an “uh-oh” moment? Is it not expected Rosenstein would “burn” the foes of his boss?

  13. Two observations:
    1) Rosenstein claims only that Russians hacked American computers–something that literally happens every day via malware, etc.–not that Russians hacked the DNC or phished Podesta and fed Wikileaks.
    2) Rosenstein characterizes the Russian election objective as merely “influence” rather than “interference.”

    In terms of protecting the predicate for the spying on the PDJT campaign and administration, this is very mild language–IMO, totally insufficient language–and a sharp departure from the “we’re at war or Russia installed a Manchurian candidate/administration” cries of the particularly deranged. Doesn’t exactly jive with the polls that claim as much as 48% of Dems believe (due to fraudulent MSM coverage) that Russians changed vote totals in 2016 either.

    I don’t know if Rosenstein’s much more reasonable tone regarding the insufficient predicate places a white or black hat on his head, but I do believe it may suggest that he is aware that the predicate is going to be destroyed and wants to get out in front of that revelation.

  14. Here is a link to a youtube video where Rudy Giuliani says to keep our eyes on the Ukraine because that is where most of the dirty work was done. Rudy also eludes to Biden’s bragging that he got the Ukrainian prosecutor general fired because he was investigating a deeply corrupt company that Biden’s son, Hunter was on the board of.

    https://youtu.be/szIWDzFEfyw

  15. Here is a link to a youtube video where Rudy Giuliani says to keep our eyes on the Ukraine because that is where most of the dirty work was done. Rudy also eludes to Biden’s bragging that he got the Ukrainian prosecutor fired because he was investigating a deeply corrupt Russian-Ukrainian company that Joe Biden’s son, Hunter was on the board of.

    https://youtu.be/szIWDzFEfyw

  16. Since Biden is compromised by foreign influence, Trump needs to plant some FBI spies in his campaign.

  17. From The Hill: https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/440730-how-the-obama-white-house-engaged-ukraine-to-give-russia-collusion

    Excerpt – “As Donald Trump began his meteoric rise to the presidency, the Obama White House summoned Ukrainian authorities to Washington to coordinate ongoing anti-corruption efforts inside Russia’s most critical neighbor.

    The January 2016 gathering, confirmed by multiple participants and contemporaneous memos, brought some of Ukraine’s top corruption prosecutors and investigators face to face with members of former President Obama’s National Security Council (NSC), FBI, State Department and Department of Justice (DOJ).

    A Ukrainian court in December concluded NABU’s release of the ledger was an illegal attempt to influence the U.S. election. And a member of Ukraine’s parliament has released a recording of a NABU official saying the agency released the ledger to help Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

    The other case raised at the January 2016 meeting, Telizhenko said, involved Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company under investigation in Ukraine for improper foreign transfers of money. At the time, Burisma allegedly was paying then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter as both a board member and a consultant. More than $3 million flowed from Ukraine to an American firm tied to Hunter Biden in 2014-15, bank records show.”

    The Obama administration’s obvious treasonous collusion with the Ukrainian government to influence the 2016 election should have been front page news back in January of 2016.

    1. The corruption went all the way to Obama and everyone in the WH knew it. So did the media who ignored it.

      1. @tracy I’m aware that Obama is directly involved. I’m also aware that Obama didn’t make any major decisions without running them by his baby sitter, Valery Jarrett first.

        Obama’s direct involvement was recently confirmed by Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch after he interviewed former head of the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Division, Bill Preistap during his Congressional hearing. Preistap’s testimony absolutely verified that Obama was personally involved in the Russian collusion hoax.

  18. We have to take America back people! Seriously are we debating if Rosenstein is being honest with us? That doesn’t even matter now….when are we going to get ahead of the future on saving our nation? Economy, borders, lower taxes ….anything an American citizen needs to live a productive life…I shouldn’t have to spell it out for you….you know it by now…I know I do.. just ask me and I will give my honest opinion! PS my hours are sketchy due to my recent bereavement.

  19. Constantly amazes me when a true patriot whose has done nothing wrong, dedicated to America and the Constitution says I’m outta here and here is why? If you are truly a patriot to America only the threat of death for your loyalty could scare you into retreat. Unless of course some that know we are no longer free Americans that can say and do what we believe???

    1. @sallyjohanna If Rosenstein is such a patriot then why did he sign the fourth FISA warrant?

      In the post I submitted above The Hill article proves that the Obama White House, senior officials of the FBI, the DOJ and the State department were all in up to their eyeballs in colluding with the Ukrainian government to influence/rig the 2016 election in favor of HRC.

  20. We have to take America back people! Seriously are we debating if Rosenstein is being honest with us? That doesn’t even matter now….when are we going to get ahead of the future on saving our nation? Economy, borders, lower taxes ….anything an American citizen needs to live a productive life…I shouldn’t have to spell it out for you….you know it by now…I know I do.. just ask me and I will give my honest opinion! PS my hours are sketchy due to my recent bereavement.

  21. Constantly amazes me when a true patriot whose has done nothing wrong, dedicated to America and the Constitution says I’m outta here and here is why? If you are truly a patriot to America only the threat of death for your loyalty could scare you into retreat. Unless of course some that know we are no longer free Americans that can say and do what we believe???

    1. @sallyjohanna If Rosenstein is such a patriot then why did he sign the fourth FISA warrant?

      In the post I submitted above The Hill article proves that the Obama White House, senior officials of the FBI, the DOJ and the State department were all in up to their eyeballs in colluding with the Ukrainian government to influence/rig the 2016 election in favor of HRC.

  22. I’ve always wondered about RR. It’s been very interesting to me that despite the ongoing rumors that he’ll be fired any day now, he’s still in his job. Having seen recent evidence of friendship between Trump and his family, I still think he could semi-secretly be one of us or at least somewhat of an ally.

    I also do believe the wire thing was a joke. Why should we take McCabe’s word that It wasn’t? I like Mark Levin but I’m hoping he’ll need to eat his words on this guy.

    1. I agree. And, the whole “wear a wire” thing could have been a trap to show who a leaker was, who were some bad cops that weren’t known, yet, etc.

      1. Could well have been. Could also have been a sarcastic remark of which McCabe didn’t provide the context. It is telling, IMO, that Trump hasn’t gone after Rosenstein like he has so many others. True, he gave him a bit of grief but lasted about a week, but prior to that and subsequently, nothing. Come to think of it, ever since his famous visit to the WH, I don’t think Trump has had an ill word to say of him.

  23. Rosenstein is a good cop, who is going after the bad cops. LOL, this is gonna be good.

  24. ….and as soon as I get through with my CMA speaking tour,I’m going to write a book to cover my expenses and retirement income. You Know what Comey did.So there, KMA.

  25. I’ve always wondered about RR. It’s been very interesting to me that despite the ongoing rumors that he’ll be fired any day now, he’s still in his job. Having seen recent evidence of friendship between Trump and his family, I still think he could semi-secretly be one of us or at least somewhat of an ally.

    I also do believe the wire thing was a joke. Why should we take McCabe’s word that It wasn’t? I like Mark Levin but I’m hoping he’ll need to eat his words on this guy.

    1. I agree. And, the whole “wear a wire” thing could have been a trap to show who a leaker was, who were some bad cops that weren’t known, yet, etc.

      1. Could well have been. Could also have been a sarcastic remark of which McCabe didn’t provide the context. It is telling, IMO, that Trump hasn’t gone after Rosenstein like he has so many others. True, he gave him a bit of grief but lasted about a week, but prior to that and subsequently, nothing. Come to think of it, ever since his famous visit to the WH, I don’t think Trump has had an ill word to say of him.

  26. I know folks love to hate Rosenstein. But ask yourself when, exactly, was Rosenstein confirmed for his current job?

    Because he didn’t even start working until after the TrumpRussia! Collusion! Dumpster fire started.

    Then ask yourself why he still has the confidence of Trump and AG Barr.

    Patience.

    1. But, his fingerprints are all over the making of the Russia collusion mess. He’d be a lot more trustworthy if he hadn’t been one of the ones signing off on bogus FISA warrants and plotting to overthrow the president himself.

      1. He signed off on one. His fingerprints also match up with someone playing along to try and stop this corruption.

      2. It could well be that he was an unwitting participant. It is quite likely that he signed off on the application because of the fraudulent evidence provided to him. Evidence he didn’t realize was fraudulent, because why would he? At some point prosecutors have to have faith that the cops, in this case the FBI, are legitimate until proven otherwise. Otherwise is now, it wasn’t so clear three years ago.

    2. I agree, K-Bob. He cannot be as bad as he appears because he was not fired. He could just be socially awkward and be trying to avoid going down the tubes in upcoming investigations that should expose the last administration as the most corrupt, covert in our history…or at least in modern times. I agree when Trump says, “This should never happen to another president EVER.” The demonrats continuing their scam should result in the largest majority of GOP across the board (preferably minus the RINOs).

    3. From everything I heard on Fox News, Rosenstein was working against Trump while working in his DOJ and nobody could understand why he wasn’t fired! It wasn’t about his association with Russia gate but how he played both sides and undermined Trump in his position at the DOJ? I remember wondering why Trump didn’t fire him…..there were some brutal exposes on Rosenstein playing both sides against the middle! I can’t pay attention enough to be a judge but I remember listening to the reports and thinking get the “fox” out of the hen house!!

      1. @sallyjohanna Fox reports what they are allowed to know. I’m not sure if they were the willing victims of a disinformation campaign designed to coerce the gullible leftists into predictable responses or not.

    4. @k-bob IMO, The Trump administration had the goods on everyone involved in the Obama administration’s Russian collusion hoax long before Rosenstein was involved. I say that because of one very key and crucial fact, that being the treasure trove of incriminating information discovered on the confiscated Weiner/Abedin lap top.

      It’s possible that Rosenstein’s late entrance in the Russian collusion scam was a calculated decision by then fired FBI director, Comey to insure that he had a close ally in place to run defense for him.

      It’s also quite plausible that Rosenstein was asked by Trump to play a counter intelligence role. Remember, Rosenstein had a one-on-one meeting with Trump soon after Trump fired Comey. I admit that I was a bit surprised by Barr’s glowing endorsement of Rosenstein on the day he held his Mueller report press conference. Barr’s endorsement of Rosenstein had me wondering if Barr was sincere or if he was employing a bit of subterfuge.

      I’m just not sure what to think about Rosenstein role.

      1. @conserve-58 I think both Rosenstein and Sessions have gotten a bad rap. But it’s hard to say. I’m happy to wait on the IG and US Attorney Huber to get us to endgame. Then the declassification should finish it all off.

        Now is too soon to pass judgement on those two.

  27. Ehhhhhhh……. yeah? This is uhhh….. wait, why is this an “uh-oh” moment? Is it not expected Rosenstein would “burn” the foes of his boss?

  28. Nothing really new besides Rosenstein’s reference to information we already know about the Obama administration’s coverup and mishandling of the Russian cyber attacks under his watch.

    Rosenstein is an enigma. I think that he was mostly at the periphery of the “deep state” events that unfolded. While Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Strzok, and others had a deep hate-on (the “deep hate”?) for Trump and were willing to break some rules to go after him, Rosenstein was probably just going along for the ride.

    Not sure about that, though. How serious was he when he jested about wearing a wire to push action under the 25th Amendment? He did authorize at least one FISA warrant against Page, right?

    Overall, his hands got dirty. But was that incidental dirt from just being a participant, or was he a key decision maker and driver of the shenanigans going on? I’m open to a spectrum of possibilities there.

      1. Where do you see that? Are you getting that from somewhere else? All I see is:

        “The previous Administration chose not to publicize the full story about Russian computer hackers and social media trolls”

        We already knew that the Obama administration had downplayed the Russian hacking. I think it was reported quite a while back that Rice had the cybersecurity investigators “stand down” before the election.

  29. Rosenstein is probably passing razor blades every day figuring out how to CYA. Throwing others under the bus is an iffy solution as it encourages definite blow back. He should just keep his mouth shut and not make matters worse as you just know someone is going to force the “I’ll wear a wire and catch Trump on an impeachable offense” issue again. Either way, Rosenstein is a slimy little snake.

    1. I believe Rosenstein when he said it was a joke, I don’t believe McCabe, Stzrok, Page or the media.

    1. @finrod I think you may have just revealed the grand blueprint that’s been employed for most of the past two years.

  30. I’m sure I am not the only one who thinks Rosenstein is as guilty as others in this mess. He’s just trying to save his own sorry skin. We shall see.

    1. As I said in my other comment, he was involved… but was he a driver of the events that happened? Was he aware of the activities of Halper and Mifsud in push-pulling information out of PapaD in order to create reasons for further surveillance?

      It’s one thing to be a hapless passenger in the car of a drunk driver who has an accident that hurts another person. It’s quite a different thing if you are the driver or you encouraged the drunk driving or you deliberately got the driver drunk knowing that he’d be driving you all later. I’d like to know just how guilty Rosenstein was.

      If he realized that some bad things were going on and sought to make them right and “by the book”… I’m okay with that and applaud him for it.

      We just don’t have enough info yet.

      1. True, but if he was a passenger in the car and a witness and kept quite or acted illegal to protect himself….well that is not necessarily innocent by any means!

  31. Rosenstein seems like a rat fleeing a sinking ship and he’s trying to paint himself as having nothing to do with the ships status.

  32. Is this a CYA from Rosenstein? Will it continue?

    I’ve always thought he was an arrogant man who believed himself to be the smartest man in the room at all times. If he believes that he is also smart enough to know when to get out of a leaky and sinking boat.

    1. @kenoshamarge

      The very same thought flew through my mind, he’s making sure he’s “safe”.

  33. When someone in Washington D.C. opens up their mouth to make allegations, you can bet it’s a deflection from their own actions. Rod ‘Which Way Is The Wind Blowing’ Rosenstein is no exception.

  34. I haven’t and still do not trust Rosenstein. Does he see the writing on the wall and so is trying to save himself? As for me there are too many unanswered questions about him.

    1. Yeah, coming out against fellow Democrats- especially the Clintons- seems to bring about an inordinately high suicide rate.

    2. I still don’t trust him.

      As nearly as I can tell, the Special Counsel appointment was an attempt to take the spotlight off himself, and to appease the Democrats howling about collusion with an independent investigation they might accept.

      And if the reception of the Mueller report hasn’t shown how bad an idea that was, I don’t know what it would take.

      He had his chance to reject calls for a special counsel. He could have pointed out there was no need for a special counsel until there was actual evidence of wrongdoing.

      I think he also realized that the FBI leadership was determined to continue pursuing the collusion investigation that Comey had started, even without any evidence, in retaliation for Comey’s (richly deserved) firing. Maybe he actually felt it safer to hand the investigation to a Special Counsel? If so, he was badly wrong. He should have manned up and given McCabe an ultimatum to drop the investigation, at least until a new FBI director was chosen. Of course, he would have been accused of obstruction of justice….

      I just don’t think he was up to the job of Deputy AG. Being in charge means having to take responsibility for actions people hate. He punted to Mueller. And he let Mueller determine the scope of his investigation, and allowed him to hire a whole panel of partisan Democrats, many of them former members of the Obama administration.

      That’s the best I can make sense of Rosenstein. But I’m still not convinced there isn’t more to the story.

      One thing I’m sure of. He was very glad to turn it over to the new AG.

        1. @sjmom Yes, he was. I’m not sure how deeply involved he was, but it could be a motivation to not want any investigation digging too deeply.

          I don’t think he launched the Mueller investigation to cover up Uranium One, but we’ll see as more information comes out.

        2. I understand he was one of the prosecutors in that case, and the plea deals were generous. But I don’t see how Rosenstein could have been actually involved in Uranium One, especially since he had been on Ken Starr’s team. The Clintons are/were out for revenge on anyone on that team, including Brett Kavanaugh.

      1. Thank you for that reminder….I am not as on top of everything as most of you…but I believe Rosenstein is a weasel and new appreciation for Ron DeSantis…God save us from the from all who want to destroy us!

        1. You’re welcome, Sally. Yeah. Ron DeSantis is fantastic! SO sick of the crap that’s going on, especially illegal immigration. Here’s another clip below with Jim Jordan slamming Rosenstein and accusing him of keeping information from Congress.

          Congressman Jim Jordan questions Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein:

          https://youtu.be/wKrwEVOw7FQ

          1. Me too Francis! Gosh it is nice to know you are still here! I have always looked up to you! My only goal is to save the America that we know and love from the Liberals who want to destroy it! God bless you sweet Francis!

            1. Aw. Thank you so much, Sally. I appreciate your very kind words. Yep. I’m still here, and I’m glad that you stayed too. Liberals have lost their minds. Utter insanity, and it makes me so sick.

              1. My motto, they insult our intelligence everyday but we fight with our integrity every hour!

          2. Thanks again…had so forgotten a good Jim Jordan grilling and how satisfying it is! You amaze me having all this at your fingertips! Guess that’s why I appreciate you so much! 🙂

  35. Repubs that had nothing but thoughts of violent torturous death for Rosenstein the past two years wake up this morning and say, “OMG, I LOVE Rod Rosenstein!!!”

    1. @tomnewman64 Maybe because I’m an Independent (former Republican) but as someone who didn’t like Rosenstein for the last two years I’m still NOT lovin’ him. However, I am wondering what he’s up to???

      1. You can rest assured that whatever angle he is working now the goal is to save his own a$$. Anyone who stands between him and that objective is a potential target.

    2. Rod has been an enigma for me. I can never tell which side he’s on, if any, and agenda he has, if any, which is kinda good for a leader in DOJ. He has a reputation of being “independent” and it shows. I think he tries to go by the book, but he doesn’t look at the big picture like Barr. If Rosenstein looked at the big picture, he would have seen the political motivation and corruption behind the collusion hoax and he wouldn’t have appointed a special counsel, but I would bet if you ask him, he would say that he regrets it.

    3. @tomnewman64 Some may. I don’t and from what I’ve been reading a lot of people here don’t “love” this arrogant little man either.

    4. Not me….what beloved devoted patriot whose service is loved by his President and country ….resigns in the nick of time?

  36. Sounds like some major A** Covering a goin’ on here! Regardless, I hope he starts chirping like a canary.

  37. Rosenstein is slimy scumbag bureaucrat….I hope he rats to save his butt and we get some real criminals n jail

  38. Well it begins. The birds are starting to chip. There’s a lot going on and the truth is starting to break through all the scams and lies the democrat party has been living.

  39. This does not portend well for Comey and Obama officials… I expect indictments after Huber completes his investigation.

    Where are the FISA Court judges who were duped? They need to testify in front of a Grand Jury as well and impeached if they were in on the SCAM. Judge Rudolph Contreras, Strzok’s buddy, should testify first.

    1. IMO they will always be free. So I try to find some comfort in the hope they will be outed for what they are. I think that’s the best we can hope for. It’s not justice and it’s not right but life doesn’t always follow the script we want.

      1. That’s how good he is. He’s like Rush–he’s got half of his brain tied behind his back! haha 😉

    1. I agree, Doc. Something tells me, IT’S about to hit the fan. All we need to see is the MSM and how they start circling the wagons…

    2. @Dr. Strangelove – Roll over and go back to sleep Doc – I think we all know the GOP hasn’t the guts to make that happen. If Trump mentions it they will all wet their pants.

          1. I’d better get to it if I want to make it to the range, too. Rain and maybe a couple inches of snow tomorrow!

  40. I’m sure I am not the only one who thinks Rosenstein is as guilty as others in this mess. He’s just trying to save his own sorry skin. We shall see.

    1. As I said in my other comment, he was involved… but was he a driver of the events that happened? Was he aware of the activities of Halper and Mifsud in push-pulling information out of PapaD in order to create reasons for further surveillance?

      It’s one thing to be a hapless passenger in the car of a drunk driver who has an accident that hurts another person. It’s quite a different thing if you are the driver or you encouraged the drunk driving or you deliberately got the driver drunk knowing that he’d be driving you all later. I’d like to know just how guilty Rosenstein was.

      If he realized that some bad things were going on and sought to make them right and “by the book”… I’m okay with that and applaud him for it.

      We just don’t have enough info yet.

  41. Is this a CYA from Rosenstein? Will it continue?

    I’ve always thought he was an arrogant man who believed himself to be the smartest man in the room at all times. If he believes that he is also smart enough to know when to get out of a leaky and sinking boat.

    1. @kenoshamarge

      The very same thought flew through my mind, he’s making sure he’s “safe”.

  42. I haven’t and still do not trust Rosenstein. Does he see the writing on the wall and so is trying to save himself? As for me there are too many unanswered questions about him.

    1. Yeah, coming out against fellow Democrats- especially the Clintons- seems to bring about an inordinately high suicide rate.

    2. I still don’t trust him.

      As nearly as I can tell, the Special Counsel appointment was an attempt to take the spotlight off himself, and to appease the Democrats howling about collusion with an independent investigation they might accept.

      And if the reception of the Mueller report hasn’t shown how bad an idea that was, I don’t know what it would take.

      He had his chance to reject calls for a special counsel. He could have pointed out there was no need for a special counsel until there was actual evidence of wrongdoing.

      I think he also realized that the FBI leadership was determined to continue pursuing the collusion investigation that Comey had started, even without any evidence, in retaliation for Comey’s (richly deserved) firing. Maybe he actually felt it safer to hand the investigation to a Special Counsel? If so, he was badly wrong. He should have manned up and given McCabe an ultimatum to drop the investigation, at least until a new FBI director was chosen. Of course, he would have been accused of obstruction of justice….

      I just don’t think he was up to the job of Deputy AG. Being in charge means having to take responsibility for actions people hate. He punted to Mueller. And he let Mueller determine the scope of his investigation, and allowed him to hire a whole panel of partisan Democrats, many of them former members of the Obama administration.

      That’s the best I can make sense of Rosenstein. But I’m still not convinced there isn’t more to the story.

      One thing I’m sure of. He was very glad to turn it over to the new AG.

        1. @sjmom Yes, he was. I’m not sure how deeply involved he was, but it could be a motivation to not want any investigation digging too deeply.

          I don’t think he launched the Mueller investigation to cover up Uranium One, but we’ll see as more information comes out.

        2. I understand he was one of the prosecutors in that case, and the plea deals were generous. But I don’t see how Rosenstein could have been actually involved in Uranium One, especially since he had been on Ken Starr’s team. The Clintons are/were out for revenge on anyone on that team, including Brett Kavanaugh.

      1. Thank you for that reminder….I am not as on top of everything as most of you…but I believe Rosenstein is a weasel and new appreciation for Ron DeSantis…God save us from the from all who want to destroy us!

        1. You’re welcome, Sally. Yeah. Ron DeSantis is fantastic! SO sick of the crap that’s going on, especially illegal immigration. Here’s another clip below with Jim Jordan slamming Rosenstein and accusing him of keeping information from Congress.

          Congressman Jim Jordan questions Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein:

          https://youtu.be/wKrwEVOw7FQ

  43. Repubs that had nothing but thoughts of violent torturous death for Rosenstein the past two years wake up this morning and say, “OMG, I LOVE Rod Rosenstein!!!”

    1. @tomnewman64 Maybe because I’m an Independent (former Republican) but as someone who didn’t like Rosenstein for the last two years I’m still NOT lovin’ him. However, I am wondering what he’s up to???

      1. You can rest assured that whatever angle he is working now the goal is to save his own a$$. Anyone who stands between him and that objective is a potential target.

    2. @tomnewman64 Some may. I don’t and from what I’ve been reading a lot of people here don’t “love” this arrogant little man either.

    3. Rod has been an enigma for me. I can never tell which side he’s on, if any, and agenda he has, if any, which is kinda good for a leader in DOJ. He has a reputation of being “independent” and it shows. I think he tries to go by the book, but he doesn’t look at the big picture like Barr. If Rosenstein looked at the big picture, he would have seen the political motivation and corruption behind the collusion hoax and he wouldn’t have appointed a special counsel, but I would bet if you ask him, he would say that he regrets it.

    4. Not me….what beloved devoted patriot whose service is loved by his President and country ….resigns in the nick of time?

  44. Sounds like some major A** Covering a goin’ on here! Regardless, I hope he starts chirping like a canary.

  45. Rosenstein is slimy scumbag bureaucrat….I hope he rats to save his butt and we get some real criminals n jail

  46. Well it begins. The birds are starting to chip. There’s a lot going on and the truth is starting to break through all the scams and lies the democrat party has been living.

  47. This does not portend well for Comey and Obama officials… I expect indictments after Huber completes his investigation.

    Where are the FISA Court judges who were duped? They need to testify in front of a Grand Jury as well and impeached if they were in on the SCAM. Judge Rudolph Contreras, Strzok’s buddy, should testify first.

    1. IMO they will always be free. So I try to find some comfort in the hope they will be outed for what they are. I think that’s the best we can hope for. It’s not justice and it’s not right but life doesn’t always follow the script we want.

    1. I agree, Doc. Something tells me, IT’S about to hit the fan. All we need to see is the MSM and how they start circling the wagons…

    2. @Dr. Strangelove – Roll over and go back to sleep Doc – I think we all know the GOP hasn’t the guts to make that happen. If Trump mentions it they will all wet their pants.

      1. That’s how good he is. He’s like Rush–he’s got half of his brain tied behind his back! haha 😉

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