Representative Devin Nunes (R-Ca.) just put Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on notice that a contempt of Congress citation has his name on it. If the Department of Justice doesn’t stop stalling and come across with the basic details of how Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation got started, including an explanation of what it is that Mueller is supposed to be investigating, charges will be filed.
Republican congressmen on the House Intelligence Committee are furious. Conservatives are already chanting in the streets, “lock him up.”
Instead of rounding up the documents, Rosenstein refused to deliver and asked for a meeting. They had one. “It’s up to the Deputy Attorney General who is now in contempt of Congress,” Nunes notes. “There’s no question our subpoena is valid, our request for information is valid, and I think they’ve been ordered by the White House to give us the information.”
As Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) confirms, “the president has always been consistent in wanting transparency, even when he had no knowledge of what the document might or might not contain, whether it would be good or bad for him.”
There isn’t any stated deadline but the leader of the watchdog committee is running out of patience. Nunes wants it all now.
Even though it’s Barack Obama’s Justice Department officials that are in hot water, current executives are scrambling to hide the ball. The DOJ’s head honcho, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is sidelined because he recused himself from the investigation. He legally can’t get in the middle of it no matter how much he wants to now.
That is how the hot potato got tossed to Rosenstein. “Nothing’s really changed, other than the Deputy Attorney General is the one who is responsible to give us the information,” Nunes explained.
The DOJ doubled down with a statement, released Wednesday. “We agreed to and offered a follow-up briefing this week and his staff has not responded to our invitation.”
Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Devin Nunes took Rosenstein up on his offer for a “tell” but not “show” session. The meeting, Nunes said later, “was productive” but “we left them with a couple questions that they need to answer and we’re still waiting.”
Since Rosenstein is, as yet, reluctant to part with the facts, there is nothing more Nunes wants to hear.
Rosenstein is frantically trying to protect a secret inside source. He claims it is impossible to tell Congress, even the special watchdog panel that is in charge of making sure what the Justice Department does is legal, exactly what it is that Robert Mueller is investigating without revealing the name of the source.
If the name of the mole inside President Trump’s election campaign were to get out, Rosenstein fears not only will the person’s life and the lives of their family be at risk, it will cause an international diplomatic outrage.
Nunes isn’t buying it. His committee has just as much right to the information as the Justice Department or the Federal Bureau of Investigtion. “That’s why the House Intelligence committee exists,” he emphasizes.
“We’re there so we can take this classified information and evaluate and provide oversight to ensure they are following the proper rules and regulations.”
It isn’t a partisan thing, Nunes insists. “We’re here to provide oversight. If Republicans screw up or Democrats screw up we have the duty to investigate them.”
Meanwhile, Rosenstein has been working behind the scenes to “soften the blow.” It isn’t a matter of “if” the name of the top-secret informant will be revealed but “when.” With all the moles running around Capitol Hill these days, a leak is virtually certain.
According to reports, “FBI officials have been taking steps to reduce the potential damage to other investigations the informant is involved in and protect associates, in the event that the source is outed.”
As President Trump noted on Thursday through his favorite media link to the masses, Twitter, this is “bigger than Watergate.”
“Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI ‘SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN EMBEDDED INFORMANT,’ Andrew McCarthy says, ‘There’s probably no doubt that they had at least one confidential informant in the campaign.’ If so, this is bigger than Watergate!”
President Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, backs that observation up completely. Whoever the rat in then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign was, he “met with two former Trump campaign advisers, George Papadopoulos and Carter Page.”
“If it is true that they put a spy – or two – inside the Trump campaign, it is no different from Watergate, except it is Democrats doing it to Republicans, rather than Republicans doing it to Democrats.”
Giuliani is also confused about why Trump’s own appointees are dragging their feet. “The prior government did it, but the present government, for some reason I can’t figure out, is covering it up.”
Giuliani also mentioned that proving the existence of an inside informant could invalidate the entire Mueller investigation as “completely illegitimate.”
“I don’t know why the current attorney general and the current director of the FBI want to protect a bunch of renegades that might amount to 20 people at most within the FBI.”