THE “DEEP STATE” AT WORK?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 10, 2018) — On Wednesday night’s “Hannity,” host Sean Hannity reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will not testify Thursday to the House Judiciary Committee as planned due to a disagreement with FBI Director Christopher Wray over potential document releases.
Directly following that announcement, Hannity hosted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, who said that Rosenstein “owes us answers” and apparently does not want to testify under oath.
Rosenstein was asked to testify after The New York Times published a September 21 article claiming that Rosenstein was plotting last year to have the president removed from office based on the 25th Amendment and proposed “wearing a wire” to secretly record him.
The report was sourced to memos former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote to memorialize his meetings with Rosenstein before McCabe was fired in March. McCabe denied having leaked the memos to the press.
Rosenstein flatly denied the accuracy of the report and flew with Trump to Orlando, FL Monday in what President Trump said was a “great” meeting. Although many expected Trump to summarily fire Rosenstein after the report emerged, Trump said he prefers Rosenstein to remain at his post.
Nunes recounted that documents Trump had said several weeks ago he would declassify related to the FISA warrants on then-Trump campaign adviser Carter Page are those which Rosenstein wishes to remain classified. Rosenstein signed the last of the four warrants last year and convinced Trump to delay the declassification of the documents pending a review by the Justice Department’s inspector general.
In his brief interview with Hannity, Nunes was adamant that the documents, which consists of approximately 20 pages, be released to the public. He has previously said that the documentation represents the “insurance policy” which former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok had told his colleague, Lisa Page, would be in place in the event that Trump won the 2016 presidential election.
“We really need to know, at the start of the special prosecutor, special counsel…the chief investigators at the time had no evidence of Trump campaign colluding with Russians,” Nunes said, referring to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe. “So why did we have a special counsel in the first place?” Nunes finished.
Members of Congress have demanded that the FBI provide the McCabe memos but have yet to receive them.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.