According to Fox News, the Republicans are demanding an IG investigation over allegations that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened a House Intelligence Committee staffer over their “relentless” requests for written responses on the Russia investigation.
“The DAG [Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein] criticized the Committee for sending our requests in writing and was further critical of the Committee’s request to have DOJ/FBI do the same when responding. Going so far as to say that if the Committee likes being litigators, then ‘we [DOJ] too [are] litigators, and we will subpoena your records and your emails,’ referring to HPSCI [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence] and Congress overall.” Kash Patel, Senior Counsel for Terrorism
Or this witness at the meeting where Rod Rosenstein threatened the staffer:
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“Let me just add that watching the Deputy Attorney General launch a sustained personal attack against a congressional staffer in retaliation for vigorous oversight was astonishing and disheartening. Also, having the nation’s #1 (for these matters) law enforcement officer threaten to ‘subpoena your calls and emails’ was downright chilling.” House Intelligence Committee staffer (Fox News)
The staffer stated that Rosenstein threatened to “unleash the full prosecutorial power of the state against the commitee”…for doing their job.
Is that an abuse of power?
The FBI has claimed that the whole thing was blown out of proportion. They have said that the Deputy Attorney General was simply responding to the Committee’s threats to put him in contempt.
“The FBI disagrees with a number of characterizations of the meeting as described in the excerpts of a staffer’s emails provided to us by Fox News.”
The DOJ stated that the idea that Rosenstein threatened a staffer with criminal investigation is “false.”
The FBI has reportedly failed to produce specific documents related to the Mueller investigation, and thus far only released redacted ones, citing “national security.”
Having written documentation is a necessity, and normal for any kind of responses to committee requests.
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