Friday, June 16, 2017

"Rosenstein acknowledges he may need to recuse himself from Russia probe, sources say"

Via Twitter: The senior Justice Department official with ultimate authority over the special counsel's probe of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the matter, which he took charge of only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' own recusal, sources tell ABC News.

Those private remarks from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are significant because they reflect the widening nature of the federal probe, which now includes a preliminary inquiry into whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice when he allegedly tried to curtail the probe and then fired James Comey as FBI director.

Rosenstein, who authored an extensive and publicly-released memorandum recommending Comey's firing, raised the possibility of his recusal during a recent meeting with Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the Justice Department's new third-in-command, according to sources.

Although Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to lead the federal probe, he still makes the final decisions about resources, personnel and -- if necessary -- any prosecutions.

In the recent meeting with Brand, Rosenstein told her that if he were to recuse himself, she would have to step in and take over those responsibilities. She was sworn-in little more than a month ago.



chickelit said...

Who are the "sources say"?

It's getting tiresome to read those words in every news report. It's the first thing I look for now in certain matters.

edutcher said...

Shut the damned thing down.

chickelit said...

@Lem: I feel like this post is just a test whether people were paying attention to your earlier post on Rosenstein.

Chip Ahoy said...

Speaking of secret sauces and speaking of shutting down, you've seen the thing on Drudge about NYC Theater of Macabre in the Park interrupted.

And the real joy that brings to our bleak little hearts.

They were too sensible. Waaaay to reasonable. They spoke common sense.

And where does that get you?

I was thinking there'll have to be a lot more of that. Much more. Go leftist full on. Disrupt free speech. Shutting down speech the Right disagrees with. No more rational discussion. Just wreck their activities.

And this is why we cannot have nice things.

It's an effect of our certifiable schizophrenia on a national scale.

They use ridiculous senseless mindless I'm-done-talking-to-you noise. Rape sirens, whistles, and the like. Although vesuvelasxxxxxx vevuveluhsxxxxxxx Venezuelasxxxxxxx vuvuzulasxxxxxx long plastic horns are a bit tricky to sneak into a place, still, pocket sized noisemakers are available and 15 to 20 people with those things will work well to completely disrupt a play, too many people to arrest all at once. and boom, there goes your regicide fantasy wrecked for the night. It's done all over the world. At least have theater goers thinking, "Jeeze, these bastards are getting like us!"

Each activist could set off 20 rape sirens and throw them broadcast. Leave it others to clean up the mess, as liberals do. 20 people tossing 20 sirens that's like, uh, something like, uh, wait, wait, I got this, 400 sirens right there.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Chip, as Insti said, it is time for the left to have its hair pulled.