In Stunning Announcement, DOJ Warns Not To Trust Stories Based On "Anonymous Sources"

Tyler Durden's picture

In a move that stunned many members of the media, on Thursday night Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia probe due to Jeff Sessions' recusal and who earlier this week confirmed only he has authority to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, released an unorthodox statement to be “skeptical about anonymous allegations” following the relentless barrage of news reports emerging from the WaPo and the NYT about the evolving probe into Russia’s "election interference" and possible collusion with Trump, all based on "anonymous sources."

"Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials,' particularly when they do not identify the country — let alone the branch or agency of government — with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.

Rosenstein, who many had seen as a Trump foil at the DOJ, did not cite specific reports. The DOJ released Rosenstein’s statement after 9 p.m., shortly after The Washington Post reported that the special counsel was investigating the business dealings of Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and adviser. That report was attributed to unnamed American officials.

As we said, the media and punditry was "stunned" by the official statement: the NYT' Maggie Haberman said "Have literally never seen a statement like this." The new leader of the Trump "resistance", Preet Bharara also chimed in, tweeting "Americans should also exercise caution before accepting as true lies about firing of FBI Director & defamation of a war hero special counsel"

To be expected, Rosenstein - who the media was ambivalent about and following his recent testimony in which he said there was "no grounds" to fire Mueller, praised - promptly became the latest pariah for insinuating that the media's Trump reportage may be, in fact, fake news.

As the NYT reported this morning, the "statement aligned with the president’s open frustration with unflattering leaks. Mr. Trump has called stories about the investigation “fake news” and complained on Twitter about a Washington Post report on Wednesday night that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, was investigating the president himself for possible obstruction of justice. That story was also attributed to unnamed sources, as was a New York Times article that same evening about Mr. Mueller’s request for interviews with three top intelligence officials."

What to make of Rosenstein's statement?

On one hand, it could be seen as a validation of Trump's repeated allegations that much of what has emerged in press in recent weeks is "fake news." On the other, as some in the media suggested, it could be an attempt to "chill" communications and leaks to the press. Yet others saw this as a preview of what may be another upcoming story. As Bloomberg's Jennifer Epstein who said "If this statement is preemptive: oh, boy, is the story going to be explosive."

Trump has yet to tweet his approval of Rosenstein's comment, although moments ago he did tweet the following:

He followed up by tweeting "The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media - over 100 million people! I can go around them"

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Killtruck's picture

So don't trust anything you read or hear from the Mockingbird these days then. Got it. 

CheapBastard's picture

Rosensteen needs to control the lies floodin gout of the MSM or he is guilty by association since he is the schmuck who appointed the special counsel for Trump based on ZERO evidence and has done nothing about Clinton and th eothers with tons of blatant evidence of criminal actions.

Killtruck's picture

I also don't trust anything from guys named Preet. Never met a Preet I liked. 

MagicHandPuppet's picture

In other news, the dept of safety warns its American tax slaves (eh hemmm "subjects") to look both directions before crossing a busy road.

Déjà view's picture DOJ Rating Agencies...

Alt RightGirl's picture

Was about time to address that news with no proof issue.

As the elders were always saying: if you Can't See It, Do Not Believe It.

Here's something you can SEE:

Ivanka Was the Main Attraction at Congressional Baseball Game

FrozenGoodz's picture

Man-baby's whining again this morning ... shocker


I was told there would be winning?

Art Van Delay's picture

Winning comes AFTER you play the game, not before.

But snowflakes don't know that, aye?

BaBaBouy's picture

Just State It Clearly...

Don't Trust ANY MSM Bullshit that they pass as Nyuwz...

PrayingMantis's picture


... "In Stunning Announcement, DOJ Warns Not To Trust Stories Based On "Anonymous Sources" ...

  ... yes, we know, we here @ ZH would know not to trust them "Anonymous Sources" bullshit spewed by Dim rags ...

... and talk about "Preet" ...

   ... Dayum! ... the Great Preetinder Bharara should not weigh in his opinions because he's a nutcase himself and fired for such ...

... and oh yes, he's the Great Preetinder ... he's bitter about getting ass-kicked out of a cushy job at the DoJ and likened to a bamboo that knows not where he would bend when the political wind blows as well as when it comes to his "cultural heritage" ... he's a punjabi with a sikh father and a hindu mother (wiki source) and married to Dalya Bharara, the daughter of a Muslim father and a Jewish mother ( and, here's the "tell" on Preetinder's "unbiased" (/s)  political leanings >>> he worked for Senator (((Charles E. Schumer))) ... a bloody Dim nutjob extraordinaire ...  ...




Took Red Pill's picture

Speaking of not trusting news stories, remember that poor little boy from Syria who was all bloody? CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Challenged By Russia To Interview Boy She Exploited For War Propaganda. Of course she won't because it was a fake story. The boy's father says so.

idahobandito's picture

WON comes after the game...Winning is during the game... I didnt down grade you, just correcting your statement.

JRobby's picture

(Laugh Track Deafening !!!!!!!)

Fit everyone for a straight jacket, whack them with Haldol 

AllOfGood's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

a Smudge by any other name's picture

BREAKING! Insider sources say not to trust insider sources. Various anonymous insider sources confirm. Elsewhere in the news.....

Endgame Napoleon's picture

But Trump and his staff are not anon sources. They put in out there on the record, showing some guts. These anon sources are cowardly. I know, I know. They have kids, the excuse for EVERYTHING in this society. They have to protect their six-figure jobs because of reproduction. They are not doing it to protect the huge, trendy homes enjoyed by adults, nor due to the need to protect the privilege of a high-wage job with excused absenteeism for busy-working parents, enabling frequent and multiple vacations to child-oriented locations, like Cancun, accommodated by the babysitting services of grandbaby-fever grandparents.

Tarzan's picture

I would agree, but I was a kid once....

I raised three kids, and never received more time off then anyone else.

Bill of Rights's picture

Ahh yes the day is complete dumb cunt has filled our stupid requirement early

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

That you and your ilk whine constantly is solid indication of Trump's #winning.

The louder you scream, the more bigly he is winning.

Louder, please.

Nunyadambizness's picture

And....why not?  I personally LIKE looking at attractive females, but that's just me.    Well...OK,  me and 97% of other men, generally speaking.  ;-)

Just Another Boob's picture

Yep.  It is one of Feminism's main failings trying to teach us that that is wrong.

FringeImaginigs's picture

Why all the down votes?  Isn't a blond with big tits always worth an uptick ... in something?

NoVa's picture

AWESOME!  maybe Justice is returning to the Dept. of Justice - :o/


caconhma's picture

Trump is incompetent POS, a buffoon, a puppet, and a coward.

Just look at Trump's DOJ. Who are they working for? Nobody knows.

Historically, great leaders always purged their surrounding: Bismarck, Hitler, Mao, Stalin, etc., Julius Caesar has proven without any doubts: if you don't purge surrounding you enemies then they will kill you.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Hey you forgot Pol Pot. You got a problem with Cambodians or something? Racist!

Got The Wrong No's picture

Yeah, that will work. Trump fired Comey and look at the backlash he's gotten from the very same people who wanted Comey's head. Can you imaging the backlash and protests, purging all the assholes at once would ignite. God forbid that any of them would be black, Hispanic or Muslim. 

Got The Wrong No's picture
Jennifer Epstein ? @jeneps

Is this about a specific story or just a general alert? 


Well, What do you think Jennifer???? 


Dig deep into that College degree you have in Humon Behavior and see if you can figure it out. 

Dukes's picture

Good to know. I was blindly believing every they told me to believe

nmewn's picture

I take it you were not convinced by glaring headlines of hacked Vermont power grids, shadowy voices on the phone reciting third party recollections, disappearing and/or edited without comment reportage and peeing Russian prostitutes.

Why, you must be a Russian spy!  ;-)

shovelhead's picture

Quite frankly, I was disappointed in not having pictures of Donnie watching Russian hookers peeing on Obama's bed.

I think that would be a big plus on Donnie's likeability ratings.

Disappointing...VERY SAD.

nmewn's picture


To quote un-named sources who wish to remain anonymous, if there are no pics of pee it never happened!!!

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Why, you must be a Russian spy!  ;-)

This is no laughing matter! They've got spies everywhere!

Crash Overide's picture

I'd like to know how much taxpayer slave money have been spent on this bullshit investigation.


The DOJ should be locking up the Clinton's pedophile network and breaking up the CIA drug trade.

The United States government is out of control and does not serve the people who pay it's bills.

jimbos world's picture

Signed up for deductions from your check?  -$30% of earnings.

Filled out returns to claim back a portion of said deductions? +3% of earnings back to you.

Filled out returns to claim everything back they took (because you said they could in the first place)?  Priceless.  (Warning: May take up to two years and several letters to and from an anonymous IRS person.)

If only more of the citizenry decided to rebut the government's assertions.  With their own fucking forms.  

nmewn's picture

There's a red under my bed!!!

Hulk's picture

We have more Russians hiding behind bushes in this country than in all of the nine or ten time zones of the Soviet Union !!!

Our Congress is one big fucking joke.

drain the swamp...

NewNeo's picture

You may be right! Everywhere! I sure I felt something up my ass before! Ohh it was just wind! Disappointing, thought there may have been a story for the grandkids.

StychoKiller's picture

Yeah, and they're stealing "our precious bodily fluids!"

Nunyadambizness's picture

My sources have confirmed the story about the peeing Russian prostitutes, though they've asked that I not name them at this time.  They will be willing to go public with their accusations as soon as they are proven by a special investigator, and have told me that there are many other things they can dream, I mean, recall and will be doing so in the near future.

Dukes's picture

If Comey hadn't been fired he'd give them full immunity to go ahead and tell their tale without consequence

FoggyWorld's picture

Mueller no doubt will let them carry on.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

In Stunning Announcement, DOJ Warns Not To Trust Stories Based On "Anonymous Sources"

My response: I AGREE COMPLETELY!!! "Anonymous Sources" appear to be nothing more than corrupt, evil humans under DEMONIC influence who profess nothing but lies!

John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Prat Bha Rah Rah, the cry of your anal pain is heard.

Sofa King's picture

Preet Bharara need to shut the fuck up and go away.

He's had his nose up the wrong happens to 50% of the of the political movers and shakers.

He should go write a book that no one will buy except for whoever owes him a favor and line his pockets like the rest of the cock-suckers out there.