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

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"


PrayingMantis BaBaBouy Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:57 Permalink

 ... "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 ...  ... ;) 

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Endgame Napoleon a Smudge by an… Fri, 06/16/2017 - 09:30 Permalink

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.

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nmewn Dukes Fri, 06/16/2017 - 08:32 Permalink

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!  ;-)

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jimbos world TwelveOhOne Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:17 Permalink

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.  

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Nunyadambizness nmewn Fri, 06/16/2017 - 08:47 Permalink

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.

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GUS100CORRINA Dukes Fri, 06/16/2017 - 08:59 Permalink

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.

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