“IF IT TAKES A SUBPOENA, THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 14, 2018) — On this morning’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” host Maria Bartiromo spoke with House Judiciary Committee member Jim Jordan (R-OH6) about upcoming testimony from several individuals associated with the Trump-Russia “collusion” investigation and the procuring of four FISA warrants on 2016 Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.
Last Thursday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was expected to testify to two congressional committees, but at the last minute the commitment fell through. “He didn’t show up,” Jordan responded to Bartiromo’s question about Rosenstein’s absence from Capitol Hill that day.
On September 21, The New York Times reported that in a 2017 meeting among then-FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe, Rosenstein and then-FBI Counsel Lisa Page, Rosenstein suggested that a case be made for removing Trump from office by “wearing a wire” and reporting him as unable to fulfill his duties under the 25th Amendment.
Rosenstein has adamantly denied the report, and a spokesman suggested Rosenstein made the comment in jest. Trump has said he will not fire Rosenstein and that he hopes he remains in his position. However, members of Congress want his sworn testimony as to exactly what occurred during the meeting and whether or not Rosenstein intended to secretly spy on President Trump.
Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters pertaining to Russia, Rosenstein has had oversight of the Trump-Russia collusion probe since hiring Special Counsel Robert Mueller on May 16, 2017, one week after FBI Director James Comey was fired.
Many view Rosenstein as conflicted because he signed the fourth and final FISA warrant application on Carter Page, which continued the surveillance of the former Trump foreign-policy advisor through September 2017, nine months into Trump’s presidency.
Trump has often expressed frustration with the probe, which he terms “a witch hunt,” although in recent weeks he has been more circumspect in his comments. An indication that the Mueller investigation is winding down include the loss of several members of Mueller’s team of prosecutors without replacement, a point made later in Sunday’s broadcast by Rep. John Ratcliffe, himself a former federal prosecutor.
The Justice Department and its subsidiary, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been under scrutiny by several congressional committees and the DOJ’s Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, for nearly two years for their conduct in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. In a report issued in mid-June, Horowitz concluded that political considerations could have affected the actions of Lisa Page and her then-FBI colleague, counterintelligence deputy chief Peter Strzok, as demonstrated in approximately 50,000 text messages the two exchanged between late 2015 and June 2017.
Lisa Page resigned from the Bureau in early May, while Strzok was fired in August. McCabe, who was Lisa Page’s supervisor, was fired in March and referred for possible criminal prosecution to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Washington, DC. Last month, The Washington Post reported that a federal grand jury had been convened to review the evidence against McCabe emanating from Horowitz’s findings.
Additionally, attorneys for Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, the company which contracted with former British spy Christopher Steele to assemble the Russia “dossier” as opposition research on Trump, will be invoking his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination on Tuesday, Jordan said. On Friday Fox News reported that Simpson’s decision stems from a House Judiciary Committee subpoena.
The possibility of subpoenaing Rosenstein exists, Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte has said. “If it takes a subpoena, that’s exactly what should happen,” Jordan said this morning.
According to John Solomon of The Hill, Baker, Lisa Page and McCabe all considered Rosenstein’s alleged remarks to be “serious.” Baker testified that he was not at the meeting, Solomon reported, but engaged in conversations later with those who were present.
“Who else may have been in that room?” Jordan said he wishes to ask Rosenstein. “When Jim Baker was in his deposition two weeks ago and was asked about this, he was as serious as you could be in describing what he understood took place in that meeting between Andrew McCabe and Rod Rosenstein where Mr. Rosenstein talked about actually recording the President of the United States.”
Baker is scheduled to testify for a second time on Thursday, Jordan said. “We need him back in there where we’re going to ask more about that specific meeting that took place and then his conversations with people who were in that meeting…”
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Nelly Ohr, wife of DOJ attorney Bruce Ohr, will testify on Friday, Jordan said. Nelly Ohr was employed by Fusion GPS to assist with the Russia dossier and, according to Ratcliffe, was paid $40,000 for her work. Bruce Ohr testified behind closed doors in late August, reportedly revealing that “important facts” were omitted from the four FISA warrant applications.
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.