(National Sentinel)Â Abuse of Power:Â In FebruaryÂ Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett doubled down on a previous claim, stating that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and other Republicans on the panel.
The threat was allegedly tied to the Intelligence Committeeâ€™s then-plans to release the scandalousÂ FISA memo, which revealedÂ serial abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by upper echelon officials in the FBI and Justice Department to prevent Donald J. Trump from becoming president, and to undermine him after he defeated Hillary Clinton in November 2016.
Jarrett said a second source confirmed the threat.
A 2nd source has now confirmed to me that, in a meeting on January 10, Deputy A-G Rosenstein used the power of his office to threaten to subpoena the calls & texts of the Intel Committee to get it to stop it’s investigation of DOJ and FBI. Likely an Abuse of Power & Obstruction.
— Gregg Jarrett (@GreggJarrett) February 3, 2018
Then in June, the accusation was repeated by staffers for the House Intelligence Committee, who said RosensteinÂ threatened to â€œsubpoenaâ€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 Newsâ€˜ Catherine Herridge.
Additional sources backed that up the following day.
During recent testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, however, RosensteinÂ denied the accusations and when challenged, reminded the committee that he knew he was under oath.
He might also think that if heÂ doesÂ lie under oath like former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper did,Â he’ll simply get away with it.
Either way, two members of the House Freedom Caucus — Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio,Â want to know if the threatsÂ did in fact occur.
They have fired off a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz asking that heÂ investigate those claims.
As reported by theÂ Washington Examiner:
Two leading conservative lawmakers wrote a letter to the Justice Department’s internal watchdog to investigate Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to determine whether he threatened congressional staffers earlier this year.
â€œThis notion Mr. Rosenstein threatened to use his official investigative powers as Deputy Attorney General to retaliate against rank-and-file staff members for sending written oversight requests raises concerns he has abused his authority in the context of this investigation,â€ House Freedom Caucus leaders Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, wrote to Inspector General Michael Horowitz in a letter dated Monday.
Last month,Â Fox News reportedÂ Rosenstein threatened that he would â€œsubpoenaâ€ documents from lawmakers and aides of the House Intelligence Committee during a January 2018 meeting.
If Horowitz finds thatÂ Rosenstein lied AWOL Attorney General Jeff SessionsÂ has no choice but to fire him and, if need be, charge him with abusing his authority.
ButÂ will he?
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