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Rosenstein Finds it ‘Bizarre’ That People Claim Barr is Trying to ‘Mislead People’ on the Mueller Report

Rosenstein Finds it ‘Bizarre’ That People Claim Barr is Trying to ‘Mislead People’ on the Mueller Report

“It would be one thing if you put out a letter and said, ‘I’m not going to give you the report.'”

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has come out to bat for his boss Attorney General William Barr, who has faced criticism from people that he’s trying to mislead people on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

One thing that has annoyed me for awhile is the fact that people have called the four page summary “Barr’s summary” when Rosenstein helped draft it.

The Democrats are dying to get their hands on the Mueller report, especially since the summary released by Barr and Rosenstein crushed their dream that President Donald Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia to beat failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Rosenstein told The Wall Street Journal:

“He’s being as forthcoming as he can, and so this notion that he’s trying to mislead people, I think is just completely bizarre,” Mr. Rosenstein said.

“It would be one thing if you put out a letter and said, ‘I’m not going to give you the report,’ ” Mr. Rosenstein said. “What he said is, ‘Look, it’s going to take a while to process the report. In the meantime, people really want to know what’s in it. I’m going to give you the top-line conclusions.’ That’s all he was trying to do.”

Barr told Congress that he will release the report “within a week” because the DOJ has to redact certain information in it.

Democrats have scoffed at this action, but I pointed out earlier this week that a court ruled that officials have to redact grand jury information. That “Rule 6(e) does not contain an exception to secrecy that would permit disclosure to Congress.” So Congress may demand an unredacted version, but this ruling means they have no entitlements to it.

Once again, like the summary, Democrats have squared their attention entirely on Barr. Rosenstein, advisors, and even a member of Mueller’s team, along with Barr, continue to scour the Mueller report “for material related to intelligence sources, continuing investigations, grand-jury matters and the privacy of individuals not charged with crimes.”

Rosenstein’s interview with The Wall Street Journal “came one day after Mr. Barr said he would form a team to examine the origins of a 2016 counterintelligence investigation that conducted what he termed as ‘spying’ on people associated with the Trump campaign, a characterization Democrats and some former Justice Department officials, including fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, found disturbing.”

The deputy attorney general would not comment on that situation, but stated that he “generally that he is open to objective scrutiny and stands by his approval of the renewal.”

Rosenstein has had a rocky relationship with Trump, but he has no regrets about his time at the DOJ. This includes the memo he penned that Trump used to justify to fire former FBI director James Comey. Rosenstein stands by the memo: “If you put something in writing, put your name on it and be prepared to stand behind it.”

Barr asked Rosenstein to stay on, which he called “a real privilege.”

It’ll be interesting to see how people respond to Rosenstein sticking by his boss. Aaron Blake at The Washington Post appears confused as to why Rosenstein would do this since, according to Blake, “Rosenstein hasn’t always had the best luck with such decisions.” Blake noted Rosenstein’s quote about standing by your words, but warned that “[V]ouching for the good faith of an individual who is embarking on a very fraught set of circumstances — and whose actions are under fire — is quite another.”

I don’t know how many times we have to explain why these investigations have to have redactions and reviews. The fact that a member of Mueller’s team is helping them should help ease their minds, but I guess not.


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I suppose they should in find it disturbing, given that they could end up on Manafort’s cell block.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to txvet2. | April 12, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    “Democrats and some former Justice Department officials, including fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, found disturbing.”

    I bet that many of them are sweating right now.

Some people do not comprehend the notion that a government official might prefer to simply do his job.

    Valerie in reply to Valerie. | April 12, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    “If you can keep your head, when all about you
    are losing theirs, and blaming it on you….”

    R. Kipling

    Amen. The whole can of worms got opened up by government employees *not* following established procedures for dealing with potential Russian espionage. Nothing makes a Fed happier than going before Congress and being able to justify every single action they’ve taken as being well within policy and practices, approved by their superiors, complete with signatures and filled paperwork chains.

    When those approvals, signatures, and filled paperwork chains suddenly get sparse or absent, experienced people get suspicious for very good reason. The current situation is just such an occasion. Who signed off for unmasking this person? What justification did they have documented? Who approved the action? When did they approve it? Where is the approval form?

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to georgfelis. | April 12, 2019 at 3:20 pm

      The FEWER government employees (at all levels, village, county, district, state, etc.) the BETTER.

It’s hardly bizarre; it’s standard procedure. They’re trying to mislead people about everything.

This isn’t due to their lack of comprehension; lying and deception are deliberate tactics.

    Conan in reply to tom_swift. | April 12, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    The Media is focused on the coup still and the cover-up of it. I don’t know why it is surprising they won’t go along with any logial and legal steps that get inthe way.

    If there were any justice in this world not just the players in this coup would suffer but the ones in the Media and Democrat party who were there the whole way trying to reverse the 2016 election.

I find it bizarre that Rod Rosenstein is still employed.

    murkyv in reply to Tiki. | April 12, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    As long as he’s there, the IG still has free access to him

    for whatever that may be worth

amatuerwrangler | April 12, 2019 at 2:18 pm

It does not ease their minds because they want as much of the report as possible, preferably all, so they have more material to spin and misconstrue in attempts to puff some life into their moribund coup.

In more recent revelations, it looks like they may also have to worry about which of them might be soon feeling the wrath of the justice system and if nothing else get a jump on building a defense.

Rosenstein is a fickle lad. Looks to me as if he is trying to suck up to what, at this point in time, appears to be the winning side.

Antifundamentalist | April 12, 2019 at 2:37 pm

Democrats don’t want their roaches to scatter. That’s why the full report won’t be released.

If Trump has accomplished anything by being willing to fight with his tweets, it’s that he has driven the news cycle to being fast and furious. Now that the tide has turned and Trump has gained the initiative against his desperate and discredited opponents, he is pressing his advantage. SO…

While the Dems continue to freakout over having been hoisted over their own Mueller petard, reports are flying that Trump has ordered Homeland Security to release illegals into the sanctuary cities who are already freaking out.

I don’t know if this is actually true but it must be since the various mayors show no sense of how hypocritical they are as they now rush to accuse Trump of racism and using “innocent women and children” as political weapons against his opponents? So sanctuary cities like SF and Oakland are only welcoming to illegals who can afford to live there? Why should non-sanctuary cities bear the brunt of a policy that sanctuary cities claim is compassionate? Where is the compassion now?

Trump’s enemies are now only beginning to grasp the power of tweeting by Trump as he now has the upper hand. This is going to be FANTASTIC!!!

Colonel Travis | April 12, 2019 at 3:04 pm

Funny how the democrats aren’t dying to get all info. about the FISA warrants.

The ship of rats is leaking. AG Barr: sink it to save our country!

Rat #1:
Comey scoffs at Barr testimony, claims ‘surveillance’ is not ‘spying’

‘Turning states evidence’?

It would appear that Rosenstein has made a deal.

Comey talks about court ordered surveillance. Is that the FISA court that they submitted opposition research as intel, a completely unverified dossier compiled by a foreign agent????

    ghost dog in reply to dunce1239. | April 12, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    He’s lost his mind. Court ordered is nonsensical. Investigators present probable cause and ask permission. He went to them not the other way around.

    Milwaukee in reply to dunce1239. | April 13, 2019 at 2:46 am

    opposition research?

    Opposition research is to find the person Robert Francis O’Rourke ran into when he was caught drunk driving. Opposition research is to find a woman who, as an 18 year-old had dated a 30 something what’s his name in Alabama.

    What they had was lies fabricated from whole cloth.

    opposition research my ass.

    Terence G. Gain in reply to dunce1239. | April 13, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Yes, COMEY would like the public to ignore that his FBI deceived the FISA Court by vouching for an unverified dossier purchased by Hillary Clinton.

expecting rational behavior from irrational people is itself irrational.

TDS is real!

Leave it to the WP to even further marginalize itself, as if that’s possible, by talking about the “fraught course of action” Barr is on.

It’s really to funny to watch the NYT, the WP and the alphabet media, and many other print and digital “progressive” media sources, keep digging even though they’re at the bottom of a pit.

When have they ever once gotten a Trump-related story right?

I want to see the hunters become the hunted. They are starting to act like scared rabbits.

The so-called “Sanctuary Cities” much like the Democrat’s cities and States that refused to enforce Federal Law on the rights of African Americans, have advertised that they welcome illegal aliens and thereby imply they have the resources to care for them.

If they believe they have the resources to care for illegal aliens, when other jurisdictions don’t, what are the objections to sending illegal invaders to places that want them here and will provide their health care, education, and maybe the franchise because the Sanctuary Cities/States/Counties object to Federal Law (Like the Democrat Civil War States)?

    Milwaukee in reply to Vladtheimp. | April 13, 2019 at 2:50 am

    The courts have said the Feds can’t “coerce” behavior from states or cities by denying them grants. Whatever. Where were the courts when the feds made the speed limit 55, or raised the drinking age to 21? The solution is to simply stop giving grants. All that money needs to be first given to the states as block grants, and then stop the block grants and lower taxes.

    What a racket. The feds collect money from us, then dole it back to us if we do as they say. Simply stop collecting the taxes in the first place, and let us decide what to do, if anything.

We can speculate all we want about the wisdom of Rosenstein’s decisions, and I certainly have, but it takes an actual, committed Attorney General to make it his business what really went on. Barr showed Rosenstein professional courtesy, and Rosenstein can’t understand why Barr is being treated like a three-headed cow for merely following the law. (Welcome to the realities of our time, DAG Rosenstein. You are a few years too late.) I’m glad Barr is being taken seriously as well as literally within the DoJ itself.

    Terence G. Gain in reply to JBourque. | April 13, 2019 at 5:50 am

    I think Rosenstein fully understands why those who have invested so much in the collusion conspiracy are now defaming Barr.

    The accusations against Barr are bizarre. Who are you going to believe as to what’s in the Mueller report – anonymous partisans or a man whose fine reputation will be very shortly ruined if he is lying about the contents of the report.

Terence G. Gain | April 13, 2019 at 5:34 am

Blake noted Rosenstein’s quote about standing by your words, but warned that “[V]ouching for the good faith of an individual who is embarking on a very fraught set of circumstances — and whose actions are under fire — is quite another.”


“embarking on a very fraught set of circumstances”

Is an English translation available?

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 13, 2019 at 3:34 pm

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