Watch Live: Rosenstein Takes The Hot Seat As Republican Fury Over FBI Bias Heats Up

Moments from now Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has the unfortunate role of overseeing Special Counsel Mueller's Russia investigation, will take the hot seat before the House Judiciary Committee to get grilled by Republicans on what increasingly appears to be a hopelessly conflicted FBI. 

As we've pointed out repeatedly over the past week (see here for the latest: "Trump Should Go F Himself" - Texts Leak From FBI Agents On Russia Probe, Hillary Emails Investigation), Mueller's lead FBI agent, Peter Strzok, was completely exposed as a political hack after anti-Trump text messages between he and his mistress were revealed.  The text messages allegedly resulted in his sudden dismissal back in August even though they were not revealed to the public until recently.  

Of course, like most twisted Washington D.C. scandals, Strzok's overt political bias and anti-Trump text messages were only the tip of the iceberg as it was subsequently discovered that Strzok not only held a leading role in the Hillary email investigation but potentially single-handedly saved her from prosecution by making the now-infamous change in Comey's final statement to describe her email abuses as "extremely careless" rather than the original language of "grossly negligent."

As we noted a month ago (see: First Comey Memo Concluded Hillary Was "Grossly Negligent," Punishable By Jail), the change in language was significant since federal law states that "gross negligence" in handling the nation’s intelligence can be punished criminally with prison time or fines whereas "extreme carelessness" has no such legal definition and/or ramifications.

Meanwhile, Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) suggested in a hearing with FBI Director Chris Wray last week that the Peter Strzok rabbit hole might be far deeper than anyone imagined.  To summarize, Jordan's theory is that Strzok received the controversial "Trump Dossier" from the Clinton campaign then went to the FISA courts where he passed it off as a legitimate piece of intelligence in an effort to obtain the warrants necessary to effectively spy on the Trump campaign.

"Here's what I think Director Wray.  I think Peter Strzok, head of counter intelligence at the FBI, Peter Strzok the guy who ran the Clinton investigation and did all the interviews, Peter Strzok, the guy who was running the Russia investigation at the FBI, Peter Strzok, Mr. 'Super Agent' at the FBI, I think he's the guy who took the application to the FISA court...and if that happened...if you have the FBI working with the Democrats' campaign, taking opposition research, dressing it all up and turning it into an intelligence document and taking it to the FISA court so they can spy on the other campaign...if that happened...that's as wrong as it gets."

As The Hill notes, Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) and other Republicans are calling for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate the handling of the FBI’s decision making in the Clinton probe and allegations of bias on the current Mueller investigation. 

Of course, we wouldn't hold our breath while waiting for such an outcome.

Tune in below for the fireworks...there is sure to be a lot of entertaining grandstanding today:


glenlloyd MrBoompi Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:52 Permalink

Rosenstein seems to be having some trouble breathing, kinda like he was snorting something earlier in the day.At any rate this clown needs to be gotten rid of. Jordan was correct, the American People have lost all faith in the FBI, there's no credibility left with this kind of thing going on.He just keeps sidestepping the questions by this committee.

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Chupacabra-322 11b40 Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:51 Permalink

The minimum requirement to be found guilty of mishandling of States Secrets is Gross Negligence. It’s why Criminals at Large Comey, Muellar &
Strzok changed the language in their report.

An earlier draft included tougher language describing Clinton as “grossly negligent.” Comey then used a softer tone, saying Clinton was “extremely careless” in her use of private emails. According to federal law, “gross negligence” in handling the nation’s intelligence is a felony.

“If the government puts into your hand for safe keeping [the] state’s secrets and you failed to keep them safe by intentionally exposing them or grossly negligently exposing them, you can be prosecuted,” Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said during an interview with FOX Business’ Stuart Varney.

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True Blue Chupacabra-322 Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:24 Permalink

So, they just pick through a thesaurus until they find the right combination of synonyms that aren't explicitly used in the legal language of the law they are dodging.Remember Reginald Denny? (The trucker pulled from the cab of his truck during the LA riots way back when, and subsequently smashed in the head with a brick etc. by the mob.) His assailant was charged and tried for assault with a deadly weapon. And set free because a brick is not included within the legal definition of a 'deadly weapon'.The corruption is so deep you couldn't reach clean air, even with a snorkel as tall as the Washington Monument.

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chubbar Joe Davola Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:32 Permalink

This is OT but the other day Donna Brazille said (either in her book or in an interview) that Hillary was so sick at the 9/11 ceremony (where she was on video collapsing and being helped into a van) that the leadership in the campaign didn't think she would get better and were considering alternative actions. That sounds like she was pretty fucking sick to me.Now, does anyone remember Hillary bouncing out the front door of her daughters condo a short time later, waving at reporters and chatting up a child? Does anyone else find that to be extremely odd to the point of believing that was a double posing as Hillary? How could she have acted like that given the description of her condition by Brazille? Just struck me as something incongruent with DB's account of that day.

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null Government nee… Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:33 Permalink

The opposite.

America, unlike wherever the heck you favor, actually corrects corruption every chance we get. Unfortunately, y’all managed to corrup a whole ton, so this spring cleaning will take a while.

Of course most countries have legalized corruption so you can pat yourself on the back for being such a brilliant legal scholar. Kinof like a mathematician who can multiply any huge number by zero, really fast.

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lester1 Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:03 Permalink

Rosenstein is a deep state swamp creature too. His goal is a silent coup to take down the President.I'd like to see his text messages and emails !!

wmbz Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:05 Permalink

"Hot Seat" my ass. Same old dog & pony show, along with a little chest pounding. Until the day, and it not going to happen.These lying assholes start going to prison and or to death row. Not one thing will ever change. Big ass waste of taxpayer dollars.