Rod Rosenstein

Rosenstein talks to press, but not to Congress; Republicans irate

Byron York, Washington Examiner

"Rosenstein is trying to run out the clock, hoping the Democrats win control of the House and knowing he'll never be called to account for anything if they do," Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said in a text exchange Wednesday night. "Instead of investigating the violation of Americans' civil liberties by powerful officials like him, he knows the Democrats would focus on concocting more ridiculous conspiracy theories to feed to the media and to the special counsel." Whatever Rosenstein is doing, time will certainly run out for the current Congress.

Was There a Cabal Plotting Against the President?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Thursday is shaping up to be the Trump presidency's "Gunfight at O.K. Corral." That day, the fates of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and much else, may be decided. We are often told that the moment we are in has historic significance and will be long remembered. Yet, how many can still recall what the "resister" in the Trump White House or Cabinet wrote in his or her anonymous op-ed in The New York Times? How Kavanaugh conducts himself Thursday, however, and whether he is elevated to the court, could decide the fate of constitutional conservatism and the Republican Congress in 2018.

Rod Rosenstein, quit!

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

When President Trump talks about making America “great” again, he is talking about returning to the ideals of a United States of America governed by the people. Not a cabal of unelected, power-drunk swamp heathens such as yourself. You also owe it to the American voter. Get out of Washington. Travel this country and you will not meet a single voter who says Donald Trump is perfect. But you will find endless streams of voters who say that Donald Trump is the best thing to happen to this country — and Washington in particular — in more than 30 years.

Mark Meadows: We can go around Paul Ryan to impeach Rod Rosenstein

Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner

Meadows announced Wednesday night that he had filed a resolution alongside Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and nine other colleagues to impeach Rosenstein, accusing the second-ranking Justice Department official of trying to stymie congressional oversight of Mueller’s investigation. The resolution was filed Wednesday as a nonprivileged motion, meaning Ryan would have to approve it for a vote on the House floor. Meadows said they could instead file it as a privileged motion, requiring a vote on the House floor within two days.

House Republicans Grill Rosenstein over Trump-Russia

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

In our system of separation of powers, the political branches are designed to scrap with each other, not dictate to each other. It is common for both Congress and the executive to have perfectly legitimate reasons for taking antagonistic positions. It is similarly routine for each of them to suspect that the other is acting for illegitimate reasons — maybe the congressional majority is politically motivated to protect the president; maybe the executive agencies are using national-security and ongoing investigations as a pretext to conceal misconduct.

Impeach Rod Rosenstein

William McGurn, Wall Street Journal

An impeachment that removed either Mr. Rosenstein or Mr. Wray—or a contempt finding that sent one of them to the congressional pokey for a spell—could send a good message to federal bureaucrats inclined to be dismissive of congressional subpoenas. Then again, if either man thought he was in real and imminent danger of being impeached or held in contempt, Congress would likely find him instantly cooperative. Of course, that’s exactly why Congress has these powers—not so much to punish but to encourage accommodation and respect.

Move over, J. Edgar Hoover; Rod Rosenstein is an even greater threat to the Constitution

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

This is not partisan politics. This is a full-blown Constitutional crisis. Moreover, Republicans in Congress are 100 percent in the right here and Rod Rosenstein is 100 percent in the wrong. Mr. Rosenstein should be impeached. Then he should be forced to go back and take law school all over again. Scratch that. Rod Rosenstein should actually be banned from ever setting foot on any law school campus for the rest of his life, for fear he might further contaminate the legal system.

Steve Bannon Reminds Us What Trumpism Is All About

Steve Bannon to CNN's Fareed Zakaria: Economic nationalism doesn't care about race, ethnicity, religion. It doesn't care about gender, doesn't care about religion, it doesn't care what your sexual preference is. It cares about if you're a United States citizen.

We Need More Conservative Warriors Like Jordan, Meadows, Gaetz And DeSantis

Far from being merely partisan apologists for President Trump, Reps Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows, Matt Gaetz and Ron DeSantis are reflecting what their constituents think about the Mueller investigation and the Russia collusion probe.

Rod Rosenstein's Coup Against Trump Intensifies

Deputy Attorney General  Rod Rosenstein's government within the government has now crossed a line that is unacceptable. Rep. Mark Meadows has drafted eight articles of impeachment against Rosenstein. We urge CHQ readers to call Rep. Meadows, the toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044) urge him to file the articles of impeachment against Rosenstein immediately.

Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Unconstitutional “Protect Mueller” Bill

This isn’t about protecting the integrity of an investigation that long-ago jumped the rails of its original charge to investigate the non-existent collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. It is merely a Democratic campaign tactic to send a message that the Senate is willing to stand up to President Trump.

The Supreme Court Already Said Trump Can Fire Mueller

The reasoning in Myers v. United States, decided by the Supreme Court in 1926, applies to the President’s ability to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller if he so chooses. Congressional attempts to “protect” Mueller from the President’s clear constitutional authority are intentional efforts to precipitate a constitutional crisis for the benefit of those who think impeaching President Trump will benefit them politically.

Fighting Russian Interference In American Politics

It shouldn’t take a Special Counsel investigation to identify and expose Russian activities we know have been going on for a century.  It is time for America to get back in the counterintelligence fight by cleaning house and getting rid of incompetent counterintelligence operatives such as the FBI's Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and it is time for Congress, as it did with the HUAC investigations, to plumb the full depth of Russian efforts to sow discord in our country.

Is It Time To Shut Down The FBI?

It's time for radical change at the Department of Justice where Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been hobbled by careerist underlings, such as FBI Director Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who have worked harder at protecting their fellow careerists and their institutional turf than they have worked at protecting the American people.

Investigating The Messenger #HeadsMustRoll

Instead of looking into whether one of the highest-ranking officials in the United States government had been compromised by a foreign power, the Obama-era FBI and Department of Justice decided to investigate the messenger, a political small fry with no power to affect policy or, for example, approve selling 20 percent of America’s uranium to the Russians.

#HeadsMustRoll Why There Must Be A Special Counsel To Investigate FISA Abuse

The Steele criminal referral we reported on last week in essence asks the FBI to investigate a source with whom FBI officials collaborated, and whose evidence they used in a fashion that’s under congressional investigation. The referral reveals the deep conflicts of interest of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and others who signed the questionable wiretap applications using the Steele dossier.