Did Rod Rosenstein Threaten the House Intelligence Community?

Deputy Attorney General-designate, federal prosecutor Rod Rosenstein, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


We all knew the negotiations between deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and FBI director Christopher Wray and the House Intelligence Committee were testy but it seems it may have gotten testier than expected.

By 100% verified, I mean the sources are anonymous and that is the gold standard in reporting these days.

As I said, the fact that this is anonymous means that it is absolutely true.

IF this is true, Rosenstein should be told to pack his bags and leave. What I THINK happened is the House demanded text/email from various people and told him a subpoena was coming and he, in a heated discussion, said something like “how would you like it if I had a subpoena issued for your text messages.” I say this because of all the adjectives that come to mind when I see Rosenstein “ballsy” is not one of them. Maybe he’s tough on some kid slinging crack on a street corner but he doesn’t have the huevos to tell a committee chairman that in the context of a serious threat.

Having said that, I think Rosenstein needs to go. I think he’s too closely associated with Mueller to supervise him. I don’t think there is any evidence he is supervising him. I don’t think he’s a value add to the Department of Justice. They need to find him a nice job on a federal appeals court and move him on. And they should detail Scott Pruitt from EPA to Justice as deputy attorney general for 240 days and apply some shock and awe.