Republicans are under attack in the House of Representatives for an unlikely reason.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is planning a campaign against several Representatives from the Republican Party—primarily from one House Committee who he has a vendetta against.
Rosenstein plans to subpoena the group for information—and who knows what he might use it for.
During a tense meeting between the committee and Rosenstein earlier this year, the committee was threatened by Rosenstein in what Fox News referred to as a “personal attack.”
The emails he wishes to subpoena were memorializing a January 2018 confidential meeting between a senior FBI agent and the House Committee in question.
The meeting was in regards to the Russia probe—and Rosenstein seems to want to turn the tables on the committee in question.
“The DAG [Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein] criticized the Committee for sending our requests in writing and was further critical of the Committee’s request to have DOJ/FBI do the same when responding,” the committee’s then-senior counsel for counterterrorism Kash Patel wrote to the House Office of General Counsel. “Going so far as to say that if the Committee likes being litigators, then ‘we [DOJ] too [are] litigators, and we will subpoena your records and your emails,’ referring to HPSCI [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence] and Congress overall.”
A second staff member at the committee meeting backed up Patel’s statement:
“Let me just add that watching the Deputy Attorney General launch a sustained personal attack against a congressional staffer in retaliation for vigorous oversight was astonishing and disheartening. … Also, having the nation’s #1 (for these matters) law enforcement officer threaten to ‘subpoena your calls and emails’ was downright chilling.”
The committee staffer expressed that Rosenstein’s comment was taken as a threat to “ unleash the full prosecutorial power of the state against us.”
Members of both the DOJ and FBI disputed the accounts in the emails, despite what Rosenstein is pressing.
“The FBI disagrees with a number of characterizations of the meeting as described in the excerpts of a staffer’s emails provided to us by Fox News,” the FBI said in a statement.
A DOJ official later claimed that Rosenstein never actually threatened anyone in the room with a criminal investigation—despite his constant threats to subpoena the group.
“The Deputy Attorney General was making the point—after being threatened with contempt — that as an American citizen charged with the offense of contempt of Congress, he would have the right to defend himself, including requesting production of relevant emails and text messages and calling them as witnesses to demonstrate that their allegations are false,” the official said. “That is why he put them on notice to retain relevant emails and text messages, and he hopes they did so. (We have no process to obtain such records without congressional approval.)”
Ultimately, it is believed that Rosenstein will still launch some sort of investigation into the group – regardless of what his defendants’ claim.
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