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Rod Rosenstein’s Coup Against President Trump

The New York Times and Washington Post report that FBI agents on Monday raided the Manhattan office of President Trump’s private lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, seizing records about Cohen’s clients, including those related to a 2016 payment he made to porn “star” Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had a sexual encounter with President Trump back in 2006.

Under Department of Justice regulations governing the special counsel’s work, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is required to consult with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein if his team finds information worth Raid on Trump attorneyinvestigating that does not fall under his mandate.

According to analysis by The Washington Post’s Carol D. Leonnig and Tom Hamburger, Rosenstein, as the acting attorney general supervising Mueller’s work, has the responsibility of deciding whether to expand Mueller’s mandate to include the new topic or to refer it to a U.S. attorney’s office.

The raid is related to an investigation referred by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to federal prosecutors in New York, according to Stephen Ryan, an attorney for Michael Cohen, meaning that Rosenstein referred the information discovered in Mueller’s fishing expedition to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Among the records seized by investigators were “protected attorney client communications,” according to Ryan. Leonnig and Hamburger report that among the documents seized were privileged communications between Cohen and his clients — including those with Trump, according to a person familiar with the investigators’ work. Investigators took Cohen’s computer, phone and personal financial records as part of the search of his office at Rockefeller Center, the person said.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting.

Leonnig and Hamburger report that Dawn Dearden, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, declined to comment. Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel’s office, declined to comment. A White House spokesman declined to comment.

But the information about the raid still leaked to the press.

It is clear that Mueller has gone far beyond investigating anything remotely related to the allegations that the Trump campaign engaged in the non-crime of “colluding the Russians.” The focus of Mueller’s investigation is not about Trump and Russia, but about tearing apart the lives of the President and anyone associated with him, and this effort he has been facilitated and protected by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.

Far from “supervising” Mueller and keeping him focused on his original mandate to investigate issues related to Russia, Rosenstein has continually expanded Mueller’s mandate to include other non-crimes, now to include whether Donald Trump’s lawyer paid a woman for a non-disclosure agreement about an extra-marital affair that may or may not have happened more than 10 years before Trump’s inauguration as President.

Our friend Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government was one of the first out of the box to condemn this latest anti-constitutional action by Rosenstein and Mueller:

It is inexcusable that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would recommend that President Donald Trump’s attorney-client privilege be violated in one more example of the win-at-any-cost attitude by this rogue prosecutor. It is beyond comprehension how Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would have allowed the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan and the FBI based in Manhattan to become pawns in Mueller’s Constitution-destroying game. Rod Rosenstein should not still have a job by the end of this week. This prosecutorial insanity to has to end.

We agree that when a fundamental right, such as attorney-client privilege, is being trampled in the name of the Deep State’s desire to overturn the 2016 election, then things have gone beyond hardball politics and entered the realm of overthrowing constitutional government. A real constitutional crisis is in the making, and it has nothing to do with the fantasy that Trump colluded with the Russians. It is time for Rosenstein to be fired and Mueller’s fishing expedition to end and constitutional order to be restored.

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Witch Hunt

Trump called this exactly correct way back when. Comey, Rosenstein and Mueller are all "comrades" and have been for many many years. Time for Rosenstein to be removed from supervision over Mueller because he has deliberately failed to do anything to make this strictly about potential Russian interference in anything. What does Stormy Daniels have to do with Russia? What does Trumps business affairs to do with Russia? Mueller is a liberal rogue operative under the direct approval of Rosenstein. And of course if Sessions had not recused himself from this issue, which he was not required to do, this whole thing would have ended months ago. How about the Republicans in Congress getting off of their sorry cowardly a$$e$ and take control?