Tag: Rod Rosenstein

Former Top FBI Official Revealed as Subject of Criminal Leak Investigation

Former FBI General Counsel James Baker has been under investigation for leaking to the media, according to a letter from House Republicans.

The letter, from Congressmen Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) asks U.S. Attorney John Durham for an update on his investigation into Baker’s media leaks.

It was revealed that the former top attorney at the FBI was under investigation for leaking to the media during a fall congressional interview, where Baker’s attorney, Daniel Levin told lawmakers, “You may or may not know, [Baker has] been the subject of a leak investigation … a criminal leak investigation that’s still active at the Justice Department.” Levin’s statement was included in the letter from Meadows and Jordan.

The Congressmen write to Durham, “As we continue our oversight and investigative work, we felt it prudent to write to you seeking an update. Without being apprised of the contours of your leak investigation and Baker’s role, we run the risk of inadvertently interfering with your prosecutorial plans.”

Fox News Reports:

The transcript of the closed-door interview and the letter do not include details explaining why the investigation is being led out of the Connecticut office. The status of the investigation is not publicly known. But the disclosure marks the latest confirmation of a leak investigation involving FBI figures who have since left the bureau.

Baker’s congressional testimony made headlines last fall when it was revealed that he believed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was “serious” when telling colleagues he wanted to secretly record President Trump.

While Baker himself was not in the room with Rosenstein when he made the comments, two of his associates were: FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and FBI lawyer, Lisa Page. Both McCabe and Page allegedly took Rosenstein seriously and conveyed that to Baker.

Ep. 894 The Spy Game Explained

In this episode I address the scandalous new revelation about the FBI’s political attack on the President. I also address the cover up operation to hide the spying scandal. I also address the “trap” President Trump is setting in this government shutdown. Finally, I address the real reason the immigration crisis is exploding.

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Report: Rod Rosenstein to Leave DOJ Once New Attorney General is Confirmed

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to step down from the Department of Justice once the new attorney general is confirmed.

Fox News reports that Rosenstein wants to ensure that incoming attorney general nominee Bill Barr smoothly transitions into the job.

Officials close to Rosenstein told Fox that the deputy attorney general has long thought of his position at the DOJ as a two-year job and his departure would align with his two-year deadline.

A disturbing New York Times report in September 2018 revealed that Rosenstein wanted to secretly record President Trump to “expose the chaos consuming the administration.” He also, allegedly, discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

**LISTEN: Dan addresses explosive new connections in the Obama administration’s efforts to spy on the Trump team**

Rosenstein has denied the reports about him, and stories surfaced that he made the comments “in jest.” However, former FBI General Counsel James Baker told Congress he took Rosenstein’s comments “seriously.”

While Baker himself was not in the room with Rosenstein when he made the comments, two of his associates were: FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and FBI lawyer, Lisa Page. Both McCabe and Page allegedly took Rosenstein seriously and conveyed that to Baker.

 

Top GOP Rep: “I Would Not Be Surprised” If Flynn Conviction Overturned

House Judiciary and Oversight committee member Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) told Fox News yesterday that he wouldn’t be surprised if former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s conviction is overturned.

“I would not be surprised a bit if the conviction of Flynn is overturned because of the Justice Department FBI’s misconduct,” Issa said to Maria Bartiromo.

“When the FBI and the Department of Justice lies to someone and tricks them into making statements, and then charges them with a lie they entrapped them. This is conduct that we haven’t seen in a long time,” he continued.

Issa was referring to the shocking memo from Flynn’s attorneys last week which stated the FBI interviewed the three-star general under questionable pretenses and did not disclose to him the severity of the consequences if he lied to the agents because they wanted him to be “relaxed.”

That FBI interview eventually led to Flynn’s pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

Former FBI Director James Comey was in charge at the time of the Flynn interview and will testify before Congress again today behind closed doors. He is expected to address these latest revelations in the Flynn case.

Congress will also press him on his disturbing comments–which came after his December 7 testimony–in which he told NBC’s Nicolle Wallace that he wouldn’t have “gotten away” with the Flynn interview if it was done in a “more organized administration.”

In a forum on December 9, Wallace said to Comey, “It’s hard to imagine two FBI agents ending up in the State Room. How did that happen?”

“I sent them,” said Comey. “Something we’ve, I probably wouldn’t have done or maybe gotten away with in a more organized investigation, a more organized administration.”

He continued, “So if the FBI wanted to send agents into the White House itself to interview a senior official, you would work through the White House counsel and there would be discussions and approvals and it would be there. I thought, ‘It’s early enough, let’s just send a couple of guys over.’”

Issa also told Bartiromo that he believed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will still testify before Congress prior to the Democratic leadership takeover in the new year.

“I talked to Chairman Goodlatte. He is still working on it,” he said of the possibility of Rosenstein’s testimony. “Rosenstein would like to avoid it, but I think we’ll get him,” he said.

Trump Unloads on Mueller and his “Best Friend” James Comey, Slams “Conflicts”

President Trump blasted special Counsel Robert Mueller and his “best friend” “leakin’, lyin'” James Comey today in early morning tweets.

“Robert Mueller and Leakin’ Lyin’ James Comey are Best Friends, just one of many Mueller Conflicts of Interest. And bye[sic] the way, wasn’t the woman in charge of prosecuting Jerome Corsi (who I do not know) in charge of ‘legal’ at the corrupt Clinton Foundation? A total Witch Hunt,” he wrote.

The woman prosecuting Corsi that the president referenced is likely Jeannie Rhee, a member of Robert Mueller’s team who also represented the Clinton Foundation in a 2015 lawsuit and Clinton herself in a lawsuit seeking access to her private email. Rhee also donated thousands of dollars to Clinton’s political action committee in 2015 and 2016.

The president also excoriated Mueller’s “pit bull” attorney Andrew Weissmann, saying he “wrongly destroyed peoples lives.”

“Will Robert Mueller’s big time conflicts of interest be listed at the top of his Republicans only Report. Will Andrew Weissman’s [sic] horrible and vicious prosecutorial past be listed in the Report,” he continued. “He wrongly destroyed people’s lives, took down great companies, only to be overturned, 9-0, in the United States Supreme Court. Doing same thing to people now.”

The president was referring to the case against Enron’s accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, which Weissmann prosecuted.

According to the Washington Times, defense attorneys in the case said Weissmann bent or broke rules, pointing to appeals court decisions, exhibits and witness statements as proof.

“They say he intimidated witnesses by threatening indictments, created crimes that did not exist and, in one case, withheld evidence that could have aided the accused. At one hearing, an incredulous district court judge looked down at an Enron defendant and told him he was pleading guilty to a wire fraud crime that did not exist,” writes the Times.

Eventually, as the president points out, the Supreme Court overturned the convictions in the Andersen case 9-0.

The president also blasted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr (who was a key player in the dossier scandal) and his wife Nellie (not Molly) who worked for the Fusion GPS, the research firm which created the salacious and unverified anti-Trump dossier.

“Will all of the substantial & many contributions made by the 17 Angry Democrats to the Campaign of Crooked Hillary be listed in top of Report. Will the people that worked for the Clinton Foundation be listed at the top of the Report? Will the scathing document written about Lyin’ James Comey, by the man in charge of the case, Rod Rosenstein (who also signed the FISA Warrant), be a big part of the Report? Isn’t Rod therefore totally conflicted?”

“Will all of the lying and leaking by the people doing the Report, & also Bruce Ohr (and his lovely wife Molly), Comey, Brennan, Clapper, & all of the many fired people of the FBI, be listed in the Report? Will the corruption within the DNC & Clinton Campaign be exposed?..And so much more!” he wrote.

Ep. 827: Trump’s Strategy is Working

In this episode I address the real reason Trump is delaying the declassification of the FISA documents. I also discuss the panicked response within the circle of people responsible for the Spygate scandal. Finally, I address the disastrous “Medicare for all” bill and the problems it’s causing for the Democrats.

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Flashback: Three Times Rod Rosenstein Betrayed Trump and Protected Hillary

Last Friday the New York Times published a bombshell report alleging that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein floated the idea of secretly recording conversations with President Donald Trump in 2017, and also proposed the possibility of removing Trump from office by invoking the 25th Amendment. Interestingly, their prior “bombshell” op-ed anonymously published by a “member of the resistance inside the Trump administration” said that “Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment.”

Whoever wrote that op-ed is anyone’s guess, but it is interesting that both Rosenstein and this anonymous writer both discussed invoking the 25th to get rid of Trump.

Rosenstein’s comments about recording Trump came after the firing of James Comey – which was followed by Rosenstein authorizing Robert Mueller’s special counsel. The counsel has since resulted in dozens of indictments, none of which are within the scope of the investigation, which includes examining “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.”

Rosenstein’s leaked comments come as no surprise, given the ally he’s proven himself to be for Democrats in the past.

Extending Surveillance of Carter Page

Rosenstein played a role in renewing the FISA warrant used to spy on Carter Page during the 2016 election, in-part enabled by British spy Christopher Steele’s dirty dossier.

As we learned from the Nunes Memo, Rosenstein approved an application to extend surveillance on Carter Page. He signed the final FISA renewal in late June 2017, not longafter he appointed Mueller in May. Republican lawmakers have argued that Rosenstein and others failed to sufficiently explaine why they allowed the spying to continue, and why they failed to properly vet the warrant application.

Rosenstein Wrote the Memo Justifying Comey’s Termination – Then Used the Firing Against Trump 

James Comey would’ve been fired by President Trump regardless, but it was a memo from Rosenstein that was used to officially justify it. Rosenstein wrote in a memo to Jeff Sessions evaluating Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation that “I cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives.” While not a partisan document, Rosenstein also supports the the left-wing narrative that Comey’s actions may have cost Hillary the election in the memo.

There’s no way that Rosenstein didn’t know his memo would be used to justify Comey’s firing, but he was reported being “shaken” and “overwhelmed” by the New York Times following Comey’s termination.

While Rosenstein says that publicly, his actions set the stage for inevitable calls for a special counsel that he could fulfill. And why wouldn’t they? The firing of Comey would unquestionably be interpreted as “obstruction of justice” by liberals. And not only that, Rosenstein could then use this as justification for invoking the 25th Amendment. As Andrew McCarthy noted:

Immediately after Comey was dismissed, Rosenstein let it be known that Trump seemed incompetent in interviews of candidates to run the FBI. Though he had shredded Comey in his May 9 memo, Rosenstein reportedly began telling FBI officials that he wished Comey were still running the FBI, and even contemplated consulting Comey on appointment of a special counsel.

And when was he doing that? The Times tells us it was in the period May 12 to 17. That is, at precisely the time Rosenstein reportedly was floating the idea of wiretapping Trump and ousting him under the 25th Amendment, he decided to appoint a special counsel.

And with that, one witch hunt was swapped for another.

Uranium One

The FBI had uncovered the shady web of Russian interests engaging in bribery, kickbacks, and other acts of corruption designed to grow Russia’s nuclear influence, before Obama signed the Uranium One deal in 2010. The DOJ spent four subsequent years investigating the sketchy deal without notifying the American public. The scandal wasn’t brought to light until 2015, thanks to the work of author Peter Schweitzer.

The man who supervised the investigation, which found evidence of Russian nuclear corruption, was Rod Rosenstein. Among that corruption included donations from Russian interests to the Clinton Foundation.

And what did Rosenstein do with that information? A whole lot of nothing. The Justice Department and FBI did charge a man named Vadim Mikerin, the Russian overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion in the U.S., in 2014. However, the DOJ and FBI were largely silent about the charges, with the first public statement about the charges being in a press release a year later.

Why be so secretive – if not to provide cover for the Obama administration and Clinton State Department that were the ones interacting with these Russians?

Conclusion

Rod Rosenstein meets with Trump on Friday. Hopefully he’ll be hearing the same words that hundreds of contestants on “The Apprentice” have heard before him.