Innocent People Don’t Act This Way: DAG Rosenstein Declines House Interview, Fusion’s Simpson Pleads the 5th
Guest post by Joe Hoft
This past week we saw the current Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Rod Rosenstein refuse to provide Congress requested documents and refuse to speak to Congress under oath about his activities while DAG. Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson’s attorney sent Congress a letter stating that Simpson will plead the 5th rather than answer questions about his actions surrounding the Russia witch hunt. Innocent men do not hide their actions!
Gregg Jarrett from FOX News explained in an article yesterday his thoughts about DAG Rosenstein –
Rosenstein misconstrued – and thereby misused – the special counsel regulation authorizing Mueller’s appointment. The case at that point was a counterintelligence probe, not a criminal investigation.
The appointment of a special counsel does not apply to counterintelligence matters. Nowhere in Rosenstein’s authorization order does he bother to identify a suspected crime. Thus, Mueller began an investigation in search of a crime – turning the legal process on its head.
Moreover, a special counsel can only be named if there is a conflict of interest at the Justice Department. That is the whole point of an independent investigator.
Since Sessions had already recused himself, albeit mistakenly, no such conflict of interest existed for Rosenstein or others at the Justice Department.
Indeed, the authorization order signed by Rosenstein to launch the Muller investigation discloses no conflict of interest – because there was none.
Since we don’t have a real and competent attorney general at the helm of the Justice Department, our nation has been forced to endure a continuing investigation of the president and the Trump Campaign that has produced no publicly known evidence that the president “colluded” with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.
Now that the Russia investigation and the Mueller witch hunt are falling apart, Rosenstein is in trouble. As Jarrett continued:
Rosenstein affixed his signature on the last FISA renewal application, apparently without valid or verified evidence, as federal regulations require. It seems he is covering up his own misconduct by hiding the incriminating documents.
In the wake of a New York Times report last month that Rosenstein solicited people to secretly record President Trump in the White House and recruited Cabinet members to invoke the 25thAmendment to remove Trump from office, Congress asked Rosenstein to appear in a closed-door session with members of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.
The session was tentatively scheduled for Thursday. It did not happen. Rosenstein reportedly did not want the questioning to be transcribed or recorded, nor did he want to provide answers under oath.
Rosenstein’s demand for these conditions is revealing. Without a record, he would be free to give deceptive answers or even lie without putting himself in serious legal jeopardy. If he gave a false or misleading statement, he could always deny it later. In other words, he could compound an original lie with more lies.
People who are falsely accused are often eager to tell the truth “on the record.” If Rosenstein has nothing to hide, why is he hiding? His denial of the accusations through a spokesperson to the media is not reliable. It is not a crime to lie to the media. If it were otherwise, just about every politician in Washington would be behind bars. Americans deserve an answer under oath.
The same goes with Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson. Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson refused to testify to the House Judiciary Committee this week.
Simpson showed his true colors by refusing to be honest with Congress.
House Leader Jim Jordan states the obvious that the House investigations must be getting close.
You know we’re getting close when first Rosenstein is a no-show, and now Glenn Simpson is taking the 5th.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) October 11, 2018
Compare these actions to those of Judge Kavanaugh after he was accused of misdeeds thirty some years ago which were uncorroborated. Kavanaugh testified under oath that he wanted a chance to rebut the false accusations. He was eventually given a chance to testify and reclaimed his innocence.
Dirty cop Rosenstein and his accomplice from Fusion GPS show their guilt through their actions. Lock them up!