Deputy AG Rosenstein To Be Grilled By Senate Today In Closed Door Session

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After dropping a bombshell last night in the form of an announcement that Former FBI Director Mueller had been appointed as Special Counsel to look into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia (see details here), Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein goes before the entire Senate today to take questions in a closed-door session. 

Of course, the meeting was scheduled well before last night's revelations and was originally intended to discuss the controversial letter (which can be read here) that Rosenstein wrote to President Trump in recommendation of Comey's dismissal as FBI Director.  The White House originally cited Rosenstein's letter as the primary reason for Comey's dismissal though Trump later walked back those assertions amid unverified rumors that Rosenstein had threatened to resign over a mischaracterization of the events leading up to the firing.

Of course, in light of the volatile developments of the past couple of days, a number of topics are likely to be discussed, including the following:

Comey Firing:  Senators will undoubtedly want to better understand the circumstances leading up to Comey's dismissal, whether Rosenstein was supportive of the decision and whether he faced any pressure from the White House to draft his controversial letter published on May 9th


Senator Lindsey Graham summarized his thoughts as follows going into today's hearing:


“It’s pretty simple: Did you support the decision to fire [Comey] and tell us about the letter and how it came about.”


Comey Memos:  Rosenstein will also likely face questions over whether he was aware of the memo(s) that Comey reportedly wrote after Trump allegedly suggested that the FBI director back off a probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.  Senators will also likely be looking to better understand whether allegations that have been made in the media about Trump's interactions with Comey rise to such a level that would merit an obstruction of justice charge and potential impeachment proceedings.


Mueller Appointment:  Then, of course, much of today's discussion will center around last night's surprise announcement that Rosenstein had decided to appoint Former FBI Director Mueller as Special Counsel to look into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.


Here is how Rosenstein characterized his decision in a press release issued by the Department of Justice last night:


"In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter.  My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that nay prosecution is warranted.  I have made no such determination.  What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command."


"Considering the unique circumstances of this matter, however, I determined that a Special Counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome.  Our nation is grounded on the rule of law, and the public must be assured that government officials administer the law fairly.  Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result."



As The Hill points out, today's hearing will be a sharp contrast to Rosensteins confirmation process in which he received biparsitan praise and coasted to approval on a 94-6 vote. 

The political landmines awaiting Rosenstein are a dramatic shift from the bipartisan praise he received during his confirmation hearing. Democrats lauded him as a potential check on Sessions, whom they don’t trust with the Russia investigation and worry will steer the administration to the hard right.


Only six Democrats — four of whom are viewed as potential 2020 presidential candidates — voted against Rosenstein’s nomination. By comparison, only one — Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) — voted for Sessions. All Republicans backed Rosenstein in the 94-6 roll call.

While Attorney General Jeff Sessions has also been asked to tesitfy before the Senate, he recused himself from the Russia investigation previously to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.

Of course, the real fun won't begin until former FBI Director James Comey finally decides to give Jason Chaffetz's his new phone number so they can schedule a hearing.

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BaBaBouy's picture

Donald, Fire Him?...

Shitonya Serfs's picture

He's got the beady eyes, crooked nose, and heritage to skip right though this joke of a hearing/secret-session.

Rich Stoehner's picture

Donald is having a secret trap door put in the Oval Office.
After he says "your fired" it opens up and you slide down into the abyss that lies beneath DC.

Killtruck's picture

Oh right, of course, behind closed doors...always behind closed doors.

 "The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society;..." - some guy who got shot in Dallas.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Recusal means nothing to Jess Sessions

meta-trader's picture

she was a waitress in a cocktail bar now she owns a jet...

847328_3527's picture

Felonious Clinton and her criminal accomlices like Huma walk away free while innocent Trump gets scrwed?

Erek's picture

Great subtle joke! The Senate "grilling" a Joo?

Jayda1850's picture

When you have already been stung a 100 times for kicking a hornet's nest, it isn't the brightest idea to keep kicking.

MFL5591's picture

This is the same senante unable to craft a healthcare law. 

ebworthen's picture

Senate desperate to do anything besides legislate.  These closed door grillings do nicely. 

ZH Snob's picture

with a name like Rosenstein, count on a raise.

then it's off to the watch the gladiatior clones and to drink some children's blood to celebrate.

Squid Viscous's picture

i think some RAID might work on this tribal insect

veritas semper vinces's picture

Can not be done,he's a (chosen )one .

Ha,I started doing rymes !

small axe's picture

all part of the pre-game warmup before the main event

the bosses really know how to throw a party. Lots of circus (a little short on bread though). Should be good for 11 on the hysteria scale.

Jayda1850's picture

Rosenstein was smart enough to take himself out of the equation by appointing a special counsel rather than be thrown under the bus like all the other Trump aides. Even VP Mike Pence has been shown to be an outright liar in order to protect himself and Trump.

Carl Spackler's picture

Provide evidence Pence lied. With none, YOU are the liar!

FreeShitter's picture

Open doors for the world to see for the goy...closed doors hidden away for the heebs. Seems fair right?

small axe's picture

Yarmulkes are always in fashion. Time to get with the program and change that hat? Maybe they'll give you the secret to fame and fortune (or at least more free shit?)

Or not (story of my life...sigh ... never mind, forget it, I'm harmless)

Squid Viscous's picture

they are in fashion, until they're not

re: last 5000 years,

almost time to start the purge again

youngman's picture

closed secret will be less than 2 seconds before its leaked out

iamerican4's picture

Rosenstein is satanically possessed, inculcated in (((their))) cult psychosis from birth. He is no American.

DirtySanchez's picture

Look at the photo of this fucking Ahole.

Nothing more need be said.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Two questions:

Where Anthony Wieners Laptop?

What was in Anthony Wieners Laptop along with the 650,000 emails?

DuneCreature's picture

Well, as usual anything important is 'top secret'.

Interesting approach to government in a 'free and open' country.


Back on the mean streets of DC:

George Webb is on Seth Rich's last late night walk home.

Help him out if you can.

Ambulance drivers, EMTs or simply uninvolved bystanders. .... Talk to George and tell him what you saw or heard the night of July 6th 2016.

Day 207.1 =

Day 207.2 =

Day 207.3 =

Day 207.4 =

Not a pleasant task, but one that needs to be done.

Live Hard, Walking The Last Steps Of A Murder Victim With GW, Die Free

A. Boaty's picture

Expect this to fade from the news as new squirrels take the spotlight. Mueller will issue his report when they need a distraction. They will do almost anything to avoid health care, tax reform, infrastructure, etc.

MathWins's picture

With everything in DC leaking out like a water pipe with a thousand holes, I predict we will soon know what was discussed in this "closed" session.  

Mike Masr's picture
Deputy AG Rosenstein To Be Grilled By Senate Today In Closed Door Session to ensure he is on the same page with the neocons and the deep state! 
johnwburns's picture

They should just hold it at Temple Beth Israel. Everybody would be more comfortable and they could all have a nice nosh afterwards.

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

Paid for by the American taxpayer.

DuneCreature's picture

Are my eyes deceiving me or is the photo of Rosenstein the archetype of a psychopath?

We may need to soften our entire image to the world a little or the mobs will hang us all for letting Hannibal Lector run our justice system.

If this guy doesn't eat babies and drink blood, I'm a monkey's uncle.

Live Hard, The Cold Dead Killer Eyes Give Me The Creeps, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

iamerican4's picture

He was taught from birth he is a "god chosen by God to rule the world" and that all Black, White, Brown, Yellow, and Red Americans are "sub-human animals," "Goyim," "a mindless herd of cattle" his duty is "to lie to, cheat, rob, enslave, and kill, with impunity."

Little wonder he looks like a psycho.

It is his DOJ which has never hanged GHW Bush for his proven role in the assassination of JFK; and has allowed his son and Cheney to remain free after their and Mossad's 9/11.

DuneCreature's picture

The Satanists have taken over the country. ..... I think they actually pretty well accomplished that mission decades ago but now their grip on power is so compete they are openly putting it in our face.

I'm not sure why they no longer want it hidden. .. Maybe to flush out any remaining opposition.

Well, I'm flushed and not at all happy with what I'm seeing.

Just so everyone knows; They plan on killing you off whether you resist or not so not facing the facts won't buy you squat, any extra time or a gram of mercy.

Live Hard, Time To Call A Satanist An Evil Murdering Satanist Very Clearly, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

iamerican4's picture

We are a good People and Satan's power is weak once exposed.

God wins, praise God. 

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

Satan's greatest achievement lies in convincing people that he doesn't exist.

DuneCreature's picture

Satan's greatest achievement may have been putting Operation Talpiot In his tool kit.

Better watch this:

This is what mass surveillance gets the Satanists. .. Total control and you can't even talk about it without winding up jailed, dead or marginalized wishing you were one of the other alternatives.

Or had just shut up and kept what you know to yourself.

That was the OLD me.

With what the Satanists have in place they win every round. .... Therefore they can do anything they want. Anything. ..... Anytime they want. ... Laws don't mean anything to them. .. Nothing.

Their newest (or the final phase of a very old) evil plan?

Kill everyone.

Take everything you have wealth wise and kill you.

Soooo. .... That is where we are today.

What to do about it? ...... I think the only way to counter the Satanists with their machine (AI AL) effectively is pointed out near the end of that video above.

That's it. ...... That's my take on reality.

Who are these Satanists exactly? .... Only ((( they ))) know for sure.

Chop, chop, spread the word.

Live Hard, That's My Call On The Satanists, Take It Or Leave It, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

'the archetype of a psychopath?'

The archetype/characature of a Jew anyway....

Secret Weapon's picture

Where is the Giant Meteor when we need him? 

give me liberty or....'s picture

Hey, Jeff Sessions, how come we are not hearing from you but rather the second in command? Who is this asshat Rosenstein anyway? A refugee from Brooklyn? Send him back.

Mzhen's picture

Because the witch hunting Democrats hounded Sessions over not disclosing in his confirmation hearing the two routine meetings he had had with the Russian ambassador during the campaign.  Sessions was not required to recuse, but did it for the optics.  And to shut the Democrats up.

FoggyWorld's picture

And he made negative remarks about HRC before the election and in order to get approved for the AG job he really did have to recuse himself from prosecuting her.   He had shown bias.    But he so far hasn't bothered to find another Deputy (not a D) to investigate the Clintons' many debacles.

His big concerns are stamping out pot use and lengthening prison sentences.





Nicholi Hel's picture

Why has he not determined that it is in the public interest to exercise his authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for the matter of Hillary taking a $500K "donation" from a Russian Businessman to the Clinton Foundation before orchestrating the sale of a US Uranium mine to his company ?


FoggyWorld's picture

Because Sessions would never have been confirmed if he had not promised to recuse himself from things pertaining to HRC.   He had made snide remarks about her before the election and when that stuff was brought up, he before the hearing recused himself but only for matters dealing with HRC.

There is no excuse for his giving a D Deputy the power to select a Special Counsel but unless he wakes up and appoints a few more Deputies, the charade will continue on.




Uncle Tupelo's picture

I'm going to say it: Sessions has sucked. Focusing on pot laws and drug sentencing while the country burns

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

Closed door session? That's democracy in action, USSA style.

Bobportlandor's picture

  I determined that a Special Counsel is necessary in order for the. . . .

American people to have full confidence in the outcome.








Small Government Is Better's picture

So, why hasn't a Special Counsel been appointed to review the actions of Hillary Clinton?

Hil-LIAR-y's misconduct was far more serious than President Trump's.

And, Hil-LIAR-y broke numerous laws where Trump has not.

What we have here is a RINO Congress that is allied with Demoncrats to remove Trump.

Trump threatens pork barrel politicians, and those same pork barrel politicians are fighting back.

It is not possible to drain the swamp when the entirety of Washington DC is a swamp that has eaten America.

It is time to eliminate the swamp by filling it with dirt and paving it over with concrete.

sunkeye's picture

100% transparency in ALL government matters!

I don't trust these cucks when I CAN see them.