Rod Rosenstein, Deputy U.S. Attorney General made it clear on Tuesday that demanding he do his job will now be considered “extortion?”
Former fired FBI Director James Comey cried “obstruction of justice” when President Donald Trump allegedly asked Comey, then a government employee, for loyalty.
Apparently, the DOJ and the FBI, who are responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice in the United States, may be using their power to intimidate those who would ask them to do their jobs by throwing around the word, “extortion.”
On Law Day which celebrates our Nation’s heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law, Rosenstein spoke during a question-and-answer session at the Newseum, in Washington, D.C.
CSpan’s Laura Jarrett, asked Rosenstein his opinion on the House Freedom Caucus’s alleged consideration of impeaching Rosenstein, “despite his best efforts to comply” (her words) with requested documentation.
Jarrett was referring to the demands by members of the Freedom Caucus for the “release of internal Justice Department documents concerning some aspects of the Russian meddling investigation and the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe” without success.
After a chuckle and a smile, Rosenstein said, “They can’t even resist leaking their own drafts.”
“I can tell you there have been people who have been making threats privately and publicly against me for quite some time, and I think they should understand by now, the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted.
We’re going to do what’s required by the rule of law,” he added. “And any kind of threats that anybody makes are not going to affect the way we do our job.”
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on @freedomcaucus members considering his impeachment: "They can't even resist leaking their own drafts." He also says, "The Department of Justice is not going to be extorted.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 1, 2018
It’s difficult to imagine that a member of Congress or anyone else would be “making threats privately and publicly” against someone like Rosenstein who is the second in command of the DOJ.
Seems like a bit of an exaggeration.
Could it be that Rosenstein’s interpretation, just like Comey’s, is that if someone questions his authority he takes it as a threat?
Rosenstein indicated, that sometimes the DOJ appropriately resists turning over certain documents so that Congress won’t interfere in their investigations and so that the DOJ can keep their investigations separate from congressional investigations.
By his statement, it would appear that the DOJ is aware of Congressional investigations being conducted and as such, can use that knowledge to make decisions on which documents they want to release to Congress.
In doing so, the DOJ makes it clear that they are not going to assist Congress in Congressional investigations (especially if it could negatively impact the DOJ?).
Perhaps Congress should take a page from the DOJ playbook and conduct their own clandestine investigations involving the DOJ.
In that way, the DOJ won’t know the purpose of Congress’s requests.
Of course, we know that won’t happen because Congress must answer to “The People” for what they are doing.
The DOJ on the other hand, appears not to care what “The People” want but dispenses “justice” on its own terms.
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