Rod Rosenstein’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee this week was far from impressive.
But then again, how could it have been anything but a stop-gap at best given the weight of evidence in favor of collusion between the DOJ and the Obama administration?
The most engaging interaction, as you might expect, came between Rosenstein and Congressman Trey Gowdy, who has built a reputation for tongue-lashing inquiries.
Gowdy laid out the long list of conflicts of interest that have come to light from the very special prosecution that was established for the express purpose of operating above the suspicion of conflict of interest.
His essential question to Rosenstein was this: how do you explain that obvious contradiction?
Rosenstein’s response? The FBI pointed it out and took action when it was discovered.
But isn’t that beside the point? Inquiring minds want to know: how did it happen in the first place?
Here’s more from Redstate…
While the political press was fixated on the smoldering aftermath of Mitch McConnell’s chicanery in Alabama and the smoking ruin of Roy Moore’s political career, other fun stuff was going on. In particular, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was on Capitol Hill testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Gowdy opens this way:
There are a lot of issues I’d like to ask you about, Mr. Deputy Attorney General. We had the terrorist incident in New York this week. We have 702 reauthorization that is pending in Congress. Gun violence. The opioid epidemic. Criminal justice reform. But when I go home to South Carolina this weekend, trust me when I tell you that no one is going to ask me about any of those issues. They’re going to ask me what in the hell is going on with the Department of Justice and the FBI.
And then he launches:
The reason we have special counsel is because of a conflict of interest…We don’t like conflicts of interest because it undermines people’s confidence in both the process and the result…There was either a real or preceived conflict of interest that would either impact the result or people’s confidence in the process…And then, lo and behold, those that are supposed to make sure there are no conflicts of interest seem to have a bit of their own.