February 17, 2018

US House releases memo on the handling of the Trump investigation

04 February 2018, 01:51 | Kara Nash

Are you"on my team? Trump reportedly asked Rosenstein

Are you

Rosenstein supposedly responded, "Of course, we're all on your team, Mr. President".

Trump on Friday indicated that he does not have confidence in Rosenstein, telling reporters, "you figure that one out", when asked.

He shows a pattern of principled stands, appointing and strongly defending special counsel Robert Mueller and calling on the House Intelligence Committee and the White House not to release an incomplete and inaccurate report on the alleged political bias of the Justice Department in the Russian Federation investigation.

The memo accuses FBI and Justice Department officials of political bias against President Donald Trump in their investigation of Russian alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. He has told associates the document could undercut the FBI Russia investigation led by Mueller. He and Wray met with the president this week to oppose the memo's release.

Just this Friday, Politico reported that Mueller and his corrupt staff may intend to criminally indict President Trump!

Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has routinely clashed with and criticized Trump, suggested that firing Rosenstein would provide the president the same dire results as former FBI Director James Comey's abrupt firing.

Democrats Escalate Counterattacks As Release Of GOP Snooping Memo Draws Nearer
The Democrats' memo charges that the Nunes memo is an attempt to help the White House with the Russian Federation investigation. Former FBI Director James Comey has defended the agency on Twitter , writing, "All should appreciate the FBI speaking up".

Comey, Rosenstein, former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe, and former Acting Attorneys General Sally Yates and Dana Boente, Nunes wrote. Many have wondered whether Rosenstein, who oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller, would resign or Trump would fire him after release of the memo. Trump has made no secret his disdain for the "Russia hoax", and he has reportedly questioned Rosenstein's loyalty to him.

There is a small risk that Trump tries to fire Rosenstein and Mueller this weekend, which is likely contributing to the risk aversion in the stock market.

"If he's going to do it, I think he'll do it in the spring", the attorney said.

On Friday morning, Rosenstein and other senior Justice officials carried on with their work as speculation swirled in Washington about the fallout from the memo's release. And there's no sense that Rachel Brand, the current No. 3 at the Justice Department, would be viewed any more favorably by Trump. This is the ethical dilemma facing the deputy attorney general and he needs to make a choice: Is he loyal to Trump, or faithful to the Constitution?

In a letter to lawmakers that accompanied the memo, Trump's top lawyer wrote the decision came because of the "significant public interest" in the document. It should use that credibility in an effort to deter further stunts and to call out Nunes for collaborating with the White House in a smear campaign.

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