IF SO, WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

by Sharon Rondeau

(Apr. 24, 2018) — On Tuesday, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY1) tweeted a screenshot of a letter he and four other congressmen signed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions inquiring as to his knowledge and/or approval of the April 9 “no-knock” raid on Atty. Michael Cohen’s offices, home and hotel room.

Cohen has acted as Donald Trump’s personal attorney and previously worked at the Trump Organization.

The other signatories are Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL1); Mark Meadows (R-NC11); Jim Jordan (R-OH4); and Ron DeSantis (R-FL6).

Before the congressmen’s letter was sent to Sessions on Monday, Rep. Jordan said that “Attorney General Jeff Sessions should have been notified of plans to raid the offices, home, and hotel room of President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen.”

The congressmen wrote that the raid, carried out by the U.S. Justice Department and its subsidiary, presented “unique circumstances” which should have initiated “approval from the highest levels of the department.”

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX1), who did not sign the letter, agreed that Sessions “should have been consulted” before Cohen’s offices were raided.

Supportive of that contention is an April 9 article at Business Insider which described the raid as “a big deal” which required the Justice Department to “go to extraordinary lengths” to conduct.  Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III reportedly referred evidence he found during the course of his “Russia” investigation to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

According to Cohen’s attorney, Stephen Ryan, as quoted in The New York Times, “privileged communications” were seized from his client.  Citing unnamed sources, The Times reported that “emails, tax documents and business records” were removed by the FBI.

The Times, too, said that the “aggressive move” by Justice replaced the issuance of customary grand jury subpoenas for documentation.

The documentation may be unrelated to the Mueller probe.  In September, Cohen submitted a statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee denying all allegations that he “colluded” in any way with Russian operatives during the 2016 campaign.  On the same day his statement was published by CNN, a meeting scheduled between Cohen and the committee was canceled based on the committee’s claim that Cohen had abrogated an agreement not to “speak with the media.”

Trump denounced the April 9 raid as an attack on attorney-client privilege and “a disgraceful situation.”  Approval for the action reportedly was given by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  On April 12, Rosenstein met with Trump at the White House, with rumors emanating shortly thereafter that he might be fired.

Last May, Rosenstein brought in Mueller to conduct the two-pronged “Russia” probe into interference in the U.S. 2016 election and whether or not anyone from the Trump campaign “colluded” with Kremlin operatives to secure the White House for the now-former real-estate mogul and billionaire businessman.

Citing unnamed sources, Politico reported on Wednesday that Trump allies “are increasingly worried that his longtime personal attorney might be susceptible to cooperating with federal prosecutors.”  Trump has refuted that assertion by tweeting that he does not foresee Cohen “flipping” on him.

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman, who was reportedly appointed by Sessions, has recused himself from matters pertaining to the Cohen investigation, according to an unnamed source quoted by The New York Daily News.

Trump has been severely critical of Sessions since March of last year, when he recused himself from anything related to Russia and the 2016 election as a result of his having been an adviser to the Trump campaign.  Some legal experts and Trump himself have opined that Sessions’s recusal was unnecessary.

On Tuesday, The New York Daily News reported that “Rosenstein, as the No. 2 official at the Justice Department, is responsible for coordinating and resolving any conflicts between the Mueller probe and the Cohen investigation. In a sign of how senior Justice Department officials can become involved in investigative matters, Rosenstein approved an FBI raid earlier this month on Cohen’s home, office and hotel room that seized a trove of information.”

Citing an unnamed source, on Friday The Washington Post reported that if Rosenstein is terminated, Sessions will resign.  Sessions has not recused himself from the Cohen probe, The Daily News reported, although Bloomberg on Tuesday wrote that he “will consider stepping back from specific questions tied to the probe, according to a person familiar with the matter.”

On Saturday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said in a Sunday interview that the electronic communication (EC) long-sought from the Justice Department and which he was finally provided on April 11 revealed that the counterintelligence investigation launched by the FBI in July 2016 into the Trump campaign on “collusion” allegations was based on “no official intelligence.”

 

 

 

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  1. Great post Bob68. I agree 100% I too have wondered what the heck Sessions is all about. He is a hindrance more than any help. Unfortunately virtually everyone still in Congress is part of the cover-up to protect aka Obama. The question is how many willingly did so or how many were threatened or blackmailed?

  2. This is why I believe Sessions lobbied Trump to get the job of AG. It was more, “insurance”, to cover the corruption Hillary was supposed to cover, including the Obama fraud……but she lost to the “birther” Donald Trump.
    How could Sessions not be part of the swamp after sitting with the rest of Congress in 2009 and allowing an ineligible, identity fraud con-artist to usurp the presidency? Not only that, for the next 9 plus years refusing to say or do anything which even might reveal and have acted on the truth about Barry. I don’t get why so many people can’t, (or just won’t), connect the dots from the panic to get Trump out of office with Obama’s 8 year usurpation of the presidency. That was only the biggest crime against America’s Constitution in history and it resulted in giving America’s government and her military to the enemy. Every member of Congress violated their sworn oath to protect the Constitution from her enemies. The focus now should be on Obama…… but even most of those ostensibly on our side, for example, Sean Hannity, still never mention the Obama fraud. I noticed one of Hannity’s frequent guest, Sebastian Gorka, has mentioned a few times the corruption that is finally being partially uncovered from the Obama fraud should be called, “Obamagate”…..and Hannity quickly changes the subject and does not himself call it that. Of course no member of the Freedom Caucus will mention this, nor will any other member of Congress.
    The battle against the deep state is much more difficult when a major player in the corruption of Obama’s regime, Obama himself, must be treated with kid gloves to avoid exposing the mother of all crimes against America and her Constitution. The complicit are protecting Obama and anyone who could lead to Obama to protect themselves, and I believe people like Hannity were threatened and told not to discuss Obama’s identity fraud all the way back to 2008, even before Barry was first elected. How can those who are fighting to expose and defeat the swamp win, while at the same time protecting Obama and others who could lead to Obama from being prosecuted…..for anything?