(National Sentinel) Deep State: Where in the blue blazes of Hades is Attorney General Jeff Sessions? His Justice Department has been completely hijacked by a Deep State careerist, Rod Rosenstein, who sees his number one priority these days as defending the dirty and keeping the D.C. swamp filled with creatures.
The deputy AG threatened to “subpoena”Â emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and staff on a Republican-led House committee during a tense meeting earlier this year, according toÂ Fox News‘ Catherine Herridge.
Aides called it a “personal attack” on the committee and Republicans in particular.
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.Â
â€œThe DAG [Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein] criticized the Committee for sending our requests in writing and was further critical of the Committeeâ€™s request to have DOJ/FBI do the same when responding,â€ the committee’s then-senior counsel for counterterrorism Kash Patel wrote to the House Office of General Counsel, Herridge reported.
â€œGoing so far as to say that if the Committee likes being litigators, then â€˜we [DOJ] too [are] litigators, and we will subpoena your records and your emails,â€™ referring to HPSCI [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence] and Congress overall.â€
Herridge said a second GOP staffer supported Patel’s version of events.
â€œLet 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 nationâ€™s #1 (for these matters) law enforcement officer threaten to ‘subpoena your calls and emails’ was downright chilling,” the second unnamed staffer wrote.
The committee staffer noted that Rosensteinâ€™s comment could be interpreted as meaning the department would â€œvigorously defend a contempt action” — which might be expected. But the staffer continued, “I also read it as a not-so-veiled threat to unleash the full prosecutorial power of the state against us.â€
This is unbelievable. This goes beyond simply defending the integrity of the Justice Department.
In fact, you could make the argument that Rosenstein is abusing the power of the federal governmentÂ in the same way the Obama administration did when it launched “Spygate” — an operation that Congress has a constitutional duty to investigate and which the subordinate Justice Department has a duty toÂ cooperate.
The FBI and DoJ claimed Rosenstein was just making it clear he would defend himself and the department against any contempt charge issued by Congress.
ButÂ he wouldn’t have to do that if he was complying with legitimate requests by Congress for information.
As for Sessions, he wasÂ defending Rosenstein, the de facto head of DoJ.
POTUS Trump is going to have to intervene in this dog-and-pony show at some point. Congress is within its authority to investigate alleged abuses of the law by subordinate federal agencies. The FBI and DoJ areÂ not exempt from that oversight.
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