DOJ – There’s Big News Coming Soon
At the DOJ, there’s some big news taking place right now and more coming soon. Fasten your seat belts. On May 11th, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s resignation becomes effective. Why is he resigning in May right now? Why has his public attitude changed dramatically in the last few days?
On Wednesday, May 1st, Attorney General William Barr has been invited to testify before both the Senate Judiciary Committee run by Sen. Lindsay Graham and the House Judiciary Committee whose Chairman is Rep. Jerrold Nadler. Will AG Barr actually testify before both committees? What can we expect to learn?
Will either Rod Rosenstein’s resignation or AG Barr’s testimony or lack of testimony involve legal action? Subpoenas? Indictments?
Why did Rod Rosenstein Resign from DOJ Effective May 11th?
Plus, why did his public attitude change so dramatically in recent days?
My guess is that we are now a few weeks away from Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz’s report on the potential abuse of the FISA warrant process. Remember that there were four FISA warrant applications signed by top DOJ and FBI officals (notably James Comey and Rod Rosenstein) to spy on the Trump campaign.
According to news reports, those FISA warrant applications might have misled the FISA judges by using the Clinton campaign – DNC Trump dossier as real intelligence and not op research. Furthermore, exculpatory information was apparently not provided in the FISA warrant applications.
It appears that signing these warrant applications might place Comey and Rosenstein in potential legal trouble.
This situation might also explain why Rod Rosenstein might have changed his public persona.
Consider his resignation letter to President Trump:
“As I submit my resignation effective on May 11, I am grateful to you for the opportunity to serve; for the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations; and for the goals you set in your inaugural address: patriotism, unity, safety, education, and prosperity, because “a nation exists to serve its citizens.” “
Recall, too, how last Thursday Rod Rosenstein criticized the Obama administration for choosing not to publicize the full story of Russia hacking.
Why is he now praising Trump and criticizing the Obama administration?
Will AG Barr Testify Before the House Judiciary Committee?
AG Barr will likely go before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the Mueller Report, including why the Mueller investigation was even ever started.
However, it highly unlikely that he will testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Why? Simply because Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler wants Barr to answer questions from the committee’s staff lawyers. It would be much like an impeachment hearing to impugn the integrity of Barr or Trump or both. It could also be a political trap for Barr.
Another potential issue. Will Chairman Nadler issue a subpoena for Barr to come before his committee? Also, if Barr ignores the subpoena, will Nadler send the House Sergeant-at-Arms to arrest the AG or fine him $20,000 per day as he has threatened to do with administration officials that don’t comply with his demands for testimony.
Is Anything Else about to Happen at DOJ?
Yes, I think new investigations, potential firings, and possible indictments will probably come in May and June. The IG Michael Horowitz Report regarding FISA abuse will make new headlines. Other investigations regarding the 2016 presidential election, but this time into the Clinton campaign, might be announced soon. There are also potential campaign election violations and other potential questionable activities that AG Barr might have DOJ pursue soon.
It should be an interesting May and june.