aside Breaking News: Rod Rosenstein Has Appointed Special Counsel For Trump/ Russia Saga Probe

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The Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has stepped forward to act with courage to appoint a “Special Counsel” to oversee the FBI investigation into the Trump/ Russia saga. After Mr. Rosenstein had his name used erroneously as the pretext for the republican President Donald Trump to fire the FBI Director James Comey on (5/9/17), there were calls for him to take this action. Originally, Mr. Rosenstein had indicated that the appointment of a “special prosecutor/ counsel was probably not necessary, but fortunately, he has changed his mind.

Here is the rest of the story…

ON 5/17/17,  Devlin Barrett, Sari Horwitz and Matt Zapotosky of the Washington Post penned the following article, “Deputy attorney general appoints special counsel to oversee probe of Russian interference in election.”

Excerpts:

“The Justice Department has decided to appoint a special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Trump associates and Russian officials seeking to meddle in last year’s election, according to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.”

Image result for PHOTOS OF ROBERT MUELLER“Robert Mueller, a former prosecutor who served as the FBI director from 2001 to 2013, has agreed to serve in the role, Rosenstein said. The move marks a concession by the Trump administration to Democratic demands for the investigation to be run independently of the Justice Department. Calls for a special counsel have increased since Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey last week.”

“In my capacity as acting attorney general I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,’’ Rosenstein said in a statement. “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination. What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.’’

“Rosenstein is overseeing the Russia probe after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. Democrats have challenged Rosenstein’s impartiality in the Russia probe because he wrote a memorandum used as the rationale for Comey’s firing. In the memo, Rosenstein said Comey had violated longstanding Justice Department practices in his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, but shortly after the announcement of the firing the president said he’d decided to fire Comey before he received the recommendation from Rosenstein.”

 Under the order signed Wednesday by Rosenstein, Mueller is tasked with investigating “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump’’ as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation’’ and any other matters that fall under the scope of the Justice Department regulation covering special counsel appointments.

“If the special counsel believes it is necessary and appropriate, the special counsel is authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters,’’ the order states.

“Officials said the appointment was being made under a Justice Department statute that has only been used once, in 1999, though the Justice Department has made other special counsel appointments more recently under different authority.”

11 comments

  1. Dear Mz. Gronda,
    It seems that the pressure that the public placed upon the political powers has finally forced the GOP to take the proper steps to serve the public interest in the correct manner! IMO it is people like you that have forced the government to take this step against their will! Thanks to you and others like you perhaps this nation will start toward a path of healing…

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      I am certain that Rod Rosenstein had pressure from all sides, congress, his friends, the press, voters from around the country. We all did it. More importantly Mr. Rosenstein did it the right way. It was a fait accomplis by the time he marched up to the WH to inform the president.

      Thanks for the kind words.

      Ciao, Gronda

  2. Now this is interesting! Will Congress be needed to confirm his request? Perhaps this is the push needed to oversee the FBI investigation and get the rest of the IC to release evidence of Russian interference.
    We all know the FBI have plenty of evidence, but are restrained from revealing “classified intel”.
    Trumpgate might very well happen if RR can rally enough support from Republicans. That’s a tall order tho.

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      This is such great news. If DDT was just a chump, he’ll get a clean bill of health. If he is criminally liable for something, Mr. Mueller will uncover it. Mr. Mueller has handled some of the most complicated of cases. He is trusted by democrats and republicans. So whatever he determines will be accepted by the public. This is the way this country is supposed to work.

      If DDT is innocent, Mr. Mueller will not be swayed by politics, and so DDT should be thrilled. He is fair. Of course,the opposite is also true. He will also motivate the partisans on the US House’s Intel committees to do a better job.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Wow! I was cooking supper and I had the local news on when they said they were going over to Scott Pelley with breaking news out of the WH. The first words out of my mouth were “Oh God no!” My husband says I’m suffering from TTSD: Trump Traumatic Stress Disorder! I have 2 questions for you oh wise Gronda. First, do you mind if I reblog this? I know I’ve done this to you a few times, but honestly, your posts always say it best. Second, did you see the LA Times Op-Ed saying that appointing Robert Mueller isn’t quite enough because unless Congress brings back the independent counsel statute, Trump could still potentially fire Mueller?

    • Dear Kim,

      Even if DDT can fire Mr. Mueller, it would be very difficult for him to do this. This would be like signing his confession.

      Mr. Mueller is not someone DDT can mess with lightly.

      Of course you can reblog my work. I would be honored.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Yeah. I kind of figured that, although he doesn’t seem to concerned with the optics. I don’t think even the Republicans would let him get away with that. Robert Mueller has such an impeccable reputation with both parties as well as the FBI itself that he really is the perfect choice. Wouldn’t you have given just about anything to have been a fly on the wall at the WH when the news broke?!😁 Thanks for letting me reblog.😊

        • Dear Kim,

          If DDT tried to fire Mr. Mueller, even the republicans would start the impeachment process because FIRING THIS GUY would be equal to DDT’s confession. This guy is that well respected by both sides of the aisle.

          Hugs, Gronda

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