While the political press was fixated on the smoldering aftermath of Mitch McConnell’s chicanery in Alabama and the smoking ruin of Roy Moore’s political career, other fun stuff was going on. In particular, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was on Capitol Hill testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Gowdy opens this way:
There are a lot of issues I’d like to ask you about, Mr. Deputy Attorney General. We had the terrorist incident in New York this week. We have 702 reauthorization that is pending in Congress. Gun violence. The opioid epidemic. Criminal justice reform. But when I go home to South Carolina this weekend, trust me when I tell you that no one is going to ask me about any of those issues. They’re going to ask me what in the hell is going on with the Department of Justice and the FBI.
And then he launches:
The reason we have special counsel is because of a conflict of interest…We don’t like conflicts of interest because it undermines people’s confidence in both the process and the result…There was either a real or preceived conflict of interest that would either impact the result or people’s confidence in the process…And then, lo and behold, those that are supposed to make sure there are no conflicts of interest seem to have a bit of their own.
And then Gowdy lays out everything from political donations, to “fawning and obsequious emails sent to a fact witness,” to the infamous text messages sent by Mueller’s senior FBI agent on the probe.
It is a thing of beauty. When Rosenstein tries to run away from the anti-Trump FBI agent, Gowdy points out that Department of Justice was not forthcoming with Congress about why the guy was removed and three months elapsed before the truth came to light.
My apologies for the lack of a transcript but my heart couldn’t take the excitement. Watch the video. I can guarantee you won’t be bored.