Of every single detail regarding the Russian investigation, the possibility that the FBI paid for the infamous Anti-Trump dossier is definitely one of the most concerning. After all, its implications would probably create such a political chaos that the investigation could get severely wounded. Basically, this is why Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was asked yesterday whether the FBI committed that act. Believe it or not, far from providing a clear answer, he refused to say anything about it.
Rosenstein, who was grilled by the House Judiciary Committee, suggested that he knew the correct answer to that delicate question, which was posed by Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis directly asked Rosenstein if the Bureau paid for the dossier. Surprisingly, Rosenstein responded: “I’m not in a position to answer that question.” Naturally, it was a really tense moment that DeSantis exploded again with another hard question. “Do you know the answer?” he asked.
After that, the Deputy Attorney General provided one of the most unforgettable moments in U.S. politics over the last few years. Believe it or not, Rosenstein said: “I believe I know the answer, but the Intelligence Committee is the appropriate committee…”
Naturally, DeSantis interjected to point out that the Judiciary panel has every right to receive the information about payments for the infamous Anti-Trump dossier. Basically, it was a moment that without wanting it, Rosenstein could have clarified one of the most controversial details regarding the investigation held by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
As everyone knows, Congressional Republicans have long questioned the FBI and the Justice Department over whether payments were made for the dossier. As reported in previous articles, this one was funded by the Clinton Campaign and the DNC, and written by a former British spy named Christopher Steele.
According to several reports published earlier this year, this spy and the FBI struck an informal and very controversial agreement. Apparently, this one guaranteed that he would be paid to continue his investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia and the Kremlin.
While the DOJ and FBI have not publicly disclosed the details of this agreement, it has been reported that the British spy was never paid for his work. So far, this man has remained in the shadows and hasn’t provided much information regarding this particular issue.
Earlier this year, CNN reported that he was compensated for some expenses from his work investigating Donald Trump. In addition, many believe he received false information from Russian sources, which were another pawn of Fusion GPS and the DNC.
Despite newly unearthed trove of damning text messages and some other controversial details that Republicans say reveals an “insider bias” on Mueller’s investigative team, Rosenstein stood by the Special Counsel. As everyone knows, he appointed Mueller and has overseen the Russia investigation since Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided to recuse himself.
In his intervention before the House Judiciary Committee, Rosenstein was grilled by the Republican lawmakers. They zeroed in on anti-Trump text messages exchanged between Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page, two FBI agents who once worked on the Mueller team. In fact, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) assured this was an “unbelievable” issue, voicing concern that the “public trust” in the investigation is gone.
For weeks, Republicans have raised serious concerns that some investigators may be biased. In order to prove these claims, they cited everything from their past work representing top Democratic figures and allied groups – including the Clinton Foundation- and their political donations.
However, when committee Ranking Member Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) pressed Rosenstein over whether he had seen a good cause to remove the Special Counsel from his post, he pushed back. Believe it or not, Rosenstein said “No.”
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Nadler asked whether the Deputy Attorney General would fire Mueller if he were ordered to do so. Surprisingly, Rosenstein assured he would follow regulation, and he would immediately act in case there was a good cause to make that move.
However, he pointed out that he would not do that if he considers there was no good cause. Basically, he doubled down that he has seen no good cause to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
In fact, he even suggested that the Russian investigation is being conducted appropriately at this stage. Basically, despite the several scandals that have been revealed over the last few weeks, Rosenstein still on Mueller’s side.