Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to subpoena emails, phone records and other documents of Republican lawmakers on the House Intel Committee back in January, confirming previous reports
Fox News Catherine Herridge reported:
The emails memorialized a January 2018 closed-door meeting involving senior FBI and Justice Department officials as well as members of the House Intelligence Committee. The account claimed Rosenstein threatened to turn the tables on the committee’s inquiries regarding the Russia probe.
“The DAG [Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein] criticized the Committee for sending our requests in writing and was further critical of the Committee’s request to have DOJ/FBI do the same when responding,” the committee’s then-senior counsel for counterterrorism Kash Patel wrote to the House Office of General Counsel. “Going so far as to say that if the Committee likes being litigators, then ‘we [DOJ] too [are] litigators, and we will subpoena your records and your emails,’ referring to HPSCI [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence] and Congress overall.”
A second House committee staffer at the meeting backed up Patel’s account, writing: “Let me just add that watching the Deputy Attorney General launch a sustained personal attack against a congressional staffer in retaliation for vigorous oversight was astonishing and disheartening. … Also, having the nation’s #1 (for these matters) law enforcement officer threaten to ‘subpoena your calls and emails’ was downright chilling.”
The committee staffer noted that Rosenstein’s comment could be interpreted as meaning the department would “vigorously defend a contempt action” — which might be expected. But the staffer continued, “I also read it as a not-so-veiled threat to unleash the full prosecutorial power of the state against us.”
Of course the FBI and DOJ are disputing this account and defending Rosenstein.
The swamp always protects their own.
A DOJ official told Fox News that Rosenstein “never threatened anyone in the room with a criminal investigation.” The official said the department and bureau officials in the room “are all quite clear that the characterization of events laid out here is false,” adding that Rosenstein was responding to a threat of contempt.
“The Deputy Attorney General was making the point—after being threatened with contempt — that as an American citizen charged with the offense of contempt of Congress, he would have the right to defend himself, including requesting production of relevant emails and text messages and calling them as witnesses to demonstrate that their allegations are false,” the official said. “That is why he put them on notice to retain relevant emails and text messages, and he hopes they did so. (We have no process to obtain such records without congressional approval.)”
The DOJ official also told Fox News that once Rosenstein returns from a business trip, “he will request that the House General counsel conduct an internal investigation of these Congressional staffers’ conduct.”
This Fox News report confirms what attorney Gregg Jarrett previously stated in early February.
Gregg Jarrett tweeted: A 2nd source has now confirmed to me that, in a meeting on January 10, Deputy A-G Rosenstein used the power of his office to threaten to subpoena the calls & texts of the Intel Committee to get it to stop it’s investigation of DOJ and FBI. Likely an Abuse of Power & Obstruction.
Nunes must be getting close to something critical. Armed security (if he doesn’t already have it) would be wise.
All Rosenstein’s bluster is an attempt to bully oversight committees from doing their job.
What is he so scared of sending over?
It must be very bad.
People don’t hide good news.
Bets they already have the calls & texts of the Intel Committee but need the theater of the subpoena to make it appear they were obtained legal like. Blackmail attempts didnt work on Trump, I hope they dont work on congress either. Congress should get his for the past 2.5 or 3 years.
He is not sending the damining documents because it would either compromise whatever criminal investigations are going on or he is covering for the coupsters. The IG report should tell us which it is. If it is watered down and there aren’t any criminal referrals, it’s the latter. If there are criminal referrals then it is probably the former. We’ll find out Thursday.