Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to subpoena emails, phone records and other documents of Republican lawmakers on the House Intel Committee back in January, confirming previous reports
On Tuesday, Fox News Catherine Herridge reported on emails obtained memorializing a January 18, closed-door meeting with DOJ, FBI and House Intel members where Rosenstein threatened GOP-led staffers if they didn’t stop their investigation.
This Fox News report confirms what attorney Gregg Jarrett previously stated in early February.
Gregg Jarrett tweeted: 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.
Of course the FBI and DOJ are disputing this account and defending Rosenstein.
The swamp always protects their own.
A DOJ official told Fox News that Rosenstein “never threatened anyone in the room with a criminal investigation.” The official said the department and bureau officials in the room “are all quite clear that the characterization of events laid out here is false,” adding that Rosenstein was responding to a threat of contempt.
On Tuesday night Jeff Sessions told Tucker Carlson that he did not believe Rosenstein threatened Congress.
Rep Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said on Wednesday morning he saw first hand what Rosenstein’s threats did to Congressional staff members.
Gaetz 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.
Gaetz then called for Rosenstein, a person who “improperly signed a FISA application renewal,” to recuse himself from investigations into Trump’s campaign and behavior of officials at the FBI and DOJ, citing conflicts of interest.
Rod Rosenstein is the cancer of the Justice Department and must be removed.
Sources say Rosenstein is behind the stonewalling and slow walking and attempted redactions of the much-anticipated IG report.
Rosenstein is also trying to block Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley from interviewing FBI Special Agent Joe Pientka because he has damning information on the altered General Flynn 302’s.