DeSantis says Rod Rosenstein will have to 'explain' himself

Feb 03, 2018, 07:44
DeSantis says Rod Rosenstein will have to 'explain' himself

According to two lawyers who have clients who have been swept up in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Donald Trump administration, they believe that the president may be indicted for obstruction of justice within the next few months. He also said the memo was "rife with factual inaccuracies" and that Republicans had changed the memo after the committee voted to release it, but before it was sent to the White House for approval.

The Nunes memo, which has been the subject of intense debate for weeks, alleges that the Department of Justice abused its surveillance authority to monitor Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide. That was unusual move because the committee usually goes out of its way to protect classified information.

Democrats who have read the document say Republicans have cherry-picked facts to create a misleading and unsafe narrative. His probe is the true target of the classified memo Republicans wrote that Trump is moving to release this week.

In a rare public statement on Wednesday, the FBI had said: "We are gravely concerned that critical facts are missing from the documents and has painted an inaccurate picture of how the bureau sought approval to conduct surveillance in the probe". He also served on Donald Trump's transition team. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, only five months into his job, has defended the agency in the face of criticism, and has been highly critical of the Nunes memo. Comey did not pledge loyalty, and after a few additional tense interactions with Trump, he was sacked in May 2017.

The most pronounced and long-lasting grievance took root in the summer of 2016, when then-FBI Director James Comey announced his determination that Clinton should not face criminal charges in connection with her use of a private email server.

"Nothing could be further from the truth", Hosko said. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rightly recused himself from that task because of his involvement in the 2016 campaign.

Democrats, however, see the exact opposite. (It's been noted, but worth saying again, that Democrats disagree with Nunes's "misleading" narrative, and the FBI and DOJ strongly objected to its release.) The implication, nevertheless, is that the Trump-Russia investigation, now led by special counsel Robert Mueller, was tainted with political bias from the start.

For some reason, Trump thinks Rosenstein - the man he nominated as his deputy attorney general - is a Democrat.