By: Brian Evans

New information has surfaced from numerous sources that claim that Rod Rosenstein has threatened Congressional staff members with a subpoena for emails, phone records, and other documents if they continued to investigate the Justice Department, dating back to January of this year. The threats were directed towards Republican lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee.

Representative Matt Gaetz reported that Rosenstein’s threats left Congressional staff in tears over fear of retaliation towards family members. He said that the staff was…

“Physically shaking in my office” in fear for their families.

Representative Gaetz

On Tuesday, Fox News Catherine Herridge Fox News reported  about emails that detailed a January 18th, closed-door meeting that took place between the FBI, DOJ, and House Intelligence Committee members. The same meeting where Rosenstein apparently threatened GOP staffers to cease their investigations into  Deep State corruption, and Clinton involvement.

Interestingly, a report broke in February by attorney Gregg Jarrett that detailed the very same threats that were leveled against Congressional staffers. Gregg Jarrett tweeted out…

“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, Attorney and Fox News Contributor

Jarrett immediately came under immense criticism from Democrats, DOJ and FBI officials, and Mainstream Media outlets like the Huffington Post. For example, the Huffington Post released an article on February 7, 2018 titled…

Fox News’ Latest Attack On Rod Rosenstein: He Threatened GOP Congressmen: Analyst Gregg Jarrett offers up a dubious allegation against the deputy attorney general. Could it provide Trump cover to end the Mueller probe?

Huffington Post

Attorney Gregg Jarrett went on to tweet

It is a crime for a government official to use his office to threaten anyone, including a member of Congress, for exercising a constitutionally protected right. See 18 USC 242 and other similar abuse of power statutes.

Gregg Jarrett, Attorney and Fox News Contributor

Yet again, the FBI, and DOJ are disputing  the account that Congressional members of the House Intelligence Committee and staffers are claiming, regardless of the multiple accounts and sources that are now revealing the threats. In fact, one DOJ official stated that Rosenstein…

“never threatened anyone in the room with a criminal investigation, and that the Department officials are all quite clear that the characterization of events laid out here is false” and that Rosenstein was simply responding to Congress’ threats to file contempt charges against him.

Unnamed DOJ Official

This past Tuesday, Jeff Sessions went on to Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News and went against Congressional claims, and said that he doesn’t believe Rosenstein threatened Congress, and that he has faith in Rosenstein.

Regardless, Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said that Congressional staff members were distraught. He tweeted

The #DOJ’s intimidation & stone-walling tactics have gone too far. I’ve heard first-hand from congressional staff following threats delivered Deputy AG #Rosenstein. Staff has literally been scared to the point of physically shaking in my office out of concern for their family.”

Representative Matt Gaetz 

Gaetz went on to say

Gaetz continued to hammer Rosenstein over his threats and stonewalling.

“On May 1, Rosenstein said “there is actually not a constitutional basis for oversight.” We on the Judiciary Cmte disagree. From refusing to produce documents, to improperly redacting, to threatening our staff, it is clear that Rosenstein will use every tool to frustrate oversight”

Representative Matt Gaetz

Republican House Intelligence Committee members are outraged that Rosenstein improperly signed a FISA application renewal, is involved in the very investigation that he is supposed to be overseeing, has reportedly threatened members of the House Intelligence Committee over their investigation of himself, is refusing to turn over documents to their oversight committee, and is now planning to tell the House Intelligence Committee that they should investigate themselves. In fact CNN reported

“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s ongoing battle with House Republicans reached new heights Tuesday, as the No. 2 senior leader of the Justice Department plans to call on the House to investigate its own committee staff.”

CNN

However, reports indicate that Rosenstein is behind the stonewalling and refusal to hand over documents, including the much-anticipated IG report, set to release today. In addition, Rosenstein is blocking Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley from being able to interview FBI Special Agent Joe Pientka. Someone who has incriminating information against the Justice Department and FBI over General Flynn’s altered 302 documents.

Now, as the IG report is set to release today, many are expecting it to be a bombshell that is highly critical of FBI leadership and others within the intelligence committee. In fact, those who are expected to be the most concerned include top FBI and DOJ leadership. House Judiciary Committee’s Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) stated yesterday that…

“I think it’s going to put a lot of the missing pieces in this giant puzzle together”

Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) House Judiciary Committee Chairman

It is a report that Inspector General David Horowitz has been working on for well over a year, concerning Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was serving as Obama’s Secretary of State. Unfortunately, the report is not expected to delve into the Trump Russia investigation, but instead whether “certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations.”

Those that are expected to be excoriated the most include the former FBI Director James Comey, former AG Loretta Lynch, former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI official Peter Strzok, and likely others. Early reports indicate that the report calls Comey “insubordinate,” and cites his exoneration of Clinton, months before the investigation concluded interviews and investigations. Also, the report is expected to cite how slowly the FBI moved, while allowing Clinton to destroy servers, communication devices, and data files. Harowitz is also likely to detail former AG Loretta Lynch’s infamous Arizona tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton that occurred just days before deciding to not level charges against Bill Clinton’s wife, Hillary. As far as former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Harowitz is expected to put McCabe in legal jeopardy. In fact, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog sent a criminal referral for McCabe in April to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington after the IG found that McCabe leaked the story to the press and then reportedly lied about it to federal investigators and James Comey. He was later fired in March by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Not to mention McCabe’s connections to the DNC, his delay in reviewing Anthony Wieners laptop, and much more. Interestingly, McCabe has now sued the Justice Department and FBI, and said that he was suing because the FBI and DOJ refused to hand over files related to his ouster, despite the ongoing investigation into his actions. Harowitz is also expected to release his findings about former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the FBI Peter Strzok, who has had a treasure trove of anti-Trump texts that called the President an ‘idiot’, discussed an “insurance policy” against a Trump Presidency, and helped change James Comey’s early early draft language about Clinton’s actions regarding her private email server from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.” Also Strzok assured his mistress Lisa Paige that they would stop Donald Trump from winning the Presidential election.

In the end, regardless of what the Department of Justice’s Inspector General David Harowitz reveals, Democrats are already dismissing the findings. Democrats like Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-NY) tweeted on Tuesday, before the IG even released his report…

Spoiler alert: President Trump’s cronies have already readied their talking points to exaggerate&distort the facts of tomorrow’s DOJ IG report and spin them into a false narrative about the Special Counsel investigation.

Senator Blumenthal (D-NY)

Senator Blumenthal went on to say

 I’m calling it now: no matter what the DOJ IG report actually says, President Trump’s sycophantic supporters will try to claim that somehow he is the victim of FBI wrongdoing&bias. Talk about fake news.

Senator Blumenthal (D-NY)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said  yesterday that it is possible that more firings could happen due to the report. He stated…

“If anyone else shows up in this report to have done something that requires termination we will do so.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

In the end, the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG)’s 500-page report will likely reveal a large amount of corruption within our intelligence agencies. It will likely lead to the firing of multiple officials, but the biggest question is what is to happen with Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. Ultimately, it will require either Jeff Sessions to do his job, President Trump to order the DOJ and Rosenstein to release the documents requested by the House Intelligence Oversight Committee, or the House Committee will have to move to impeach the Deputy Attorney General for obstruction of justice and abuse of power. In the end, only time will tell, in our nations fight for truth and justice.

 

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