DAG Rosenstein Must Answer, “What Crime the Mueller ‘Witch Hunt’ Was Created to Address?” If He Can’t He Should Be in Jail!
Guest post by Joe Hoft
The utterly corrupt Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, is expected to meet with Congress this week. He needs to be held accountable for numerous illegal actions while DAG, but perhaps the most important action that he should account for is for him to explain the crime that was the cause for the creation of the Mueller ‘witch hunt’!
DAG Rosenstein has opposed meeting with Congress since word came out that he was considering wiring himself for meetings with President Trump. Congress requested his presence but instead he politely blew off his meeting last week. It was reported that Rosenstein didn’t show after his efforts to have a meeting not under oath and not recorded were dismissed by Congress.
He now supposedly is willing to meet with only four members of Congress this coming week. We reported last week that Rosenstein is demanding the interview be private and held in a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) with multiple Republican lawmakers excluded.
Republican lawmakers who have been demanding justice from Rosenstein’s DOJ were obviously upset with Rosenstein’s latest demands and they should be –
Rod Rosenstein wants a SPECIAL format to testify: only 2 Rep and 2 Dem members of Congress asking questions in closed door classified setting.
Another example of the double standard. One set of rules for regular folks, a different set for the politically connected. Unacceptable.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) October 19, 2018
The entire Mueller witch hunt was created by DAG Rod Rosenstein and its arguably unconstitutional and illegal. Rosenstein set up Robert Mueller as the Head of the investigation shortly after Mueller was turned down for the Head of the FBI by President Trump. Rosenstein’s special counsel order identified collusion as the crime but no such crime exists in US Law.
Gregg Jarrett at FOX News wrote when Mueller initially brought charges against Manafort that Mueller was tasked with finding a crime that does not exist in the law. It is a legal impossibility. Mueller is being asked to do something that is manifestly unattainable because there is no such thing as the crime of collusion with foreign countries in the US statutory code.
Jarrett wrote the most succinct article about the Trump – Russia Collusion investigation to date. In his post Jarrett makes many statements that are almost shocking, but none more than the fact that the entire investigation is lawless. Jarrett states the following about the recent charges reported in the Russia collusion story –
George Papadopoulos pled guilty to a single charge of making a false statement to the FBI. He was not charged with so-called “collusion” because no such crime exists in American statutory law, except in anti-trust matters. It has no application to elections and political campaigns.
It is not a crime to talk to a Russian. Not that the media would ever understand that. They have never managed to point to a single statute that makes “colluding” with a foreign government in a political campaign a crime, likely because it does not exist in the criminal codes.
The problem for Rosenstein is that when he set up the Mueller witch hunt he was clear that there was no crime identified. Rosenstein’s order said the following –
The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation confinned by then-FBI Director James 8. Corney in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including:
(i) any links and/or coordination bet ween the Russian government and individuals (i) associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and
(ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and
(iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a).
If the Special Counsel believes it is necessary and appropriate, the Special Counsel is authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters.
The problem that Jarrett notes about Rosenstein not having identified a crime goes back to the statements Rosenstein made when he set up the Special Counsel –
In my capacity as acting attorney general I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,’’ Rosenstein said in a statement. “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination. What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.”
Rosenstein stated clearly that no crimes had been committed and he never pointed out the specific crimes that the special counsel was to address. This is what Congress must address with DAG Rosenstein and define.