Rep Steve King forces Deputy AG Rosenstein to the sanctuary of claiming ignorance and the safety of “wait for the IG report as he scrambles to cover up corruption and Mueller
Rep Steve King leads off his questioning of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein by noting that there are a number of things he’s curious about. He asks about the number of people in the room when Hillary Clinton was interviewed.
In what was a pattern for the testimony, Rosenstein invoked the DOJ Inspector General’s report as being a possible source that would provide the information but that he personally did not know the answer to the question.
King asks, “Would you know who selected that team?” Rosenstein replied, “No, I do not.” King then referred to testimony by Comey and Lynch, noting that he recalls one of the two of them stating that there were three representatives of the FBI and three for DOJ in the room, asking if that is consistent with practice.
He says typically there would be two agents possibly one or more attorneys but that, once again, “He doesn’t know the details.” King goes on to ask a question that he already knows the answer to, whether there would be records kept in such an interview. He’s told there are summaries generated by those agents conducting the interview, but no audio or video recordings and no transcripts.
King asks why there is no recording of the events as they took place, to which Rosenstein replied, “It’s just not the practice to do it.” King interrupts him saying, “It needs to become the practice, noting that even county sheriffs require it.
King notes that due to that not being a requirement of the DOJ or FBI, “Now we’re sitting here with a mystery on what went on in that interview of July 2nd and many questions have been asked about that before and after and they will trickle through history until we get to the bottom of it.” He asks if Rosenstein has any knowledge as to whether or not Peter Strzok was one of the people in that room.
True to form, Rosenstein responds, “I do not know.” King says, “It’s been reported in the news that he was one of those people, are you aware of that?” Rosenstein says he may have seen it in the news but doesn’t personally know. Kings enters some info into the record, including the fact that Strzok interviewed Abedin and Mills.
He asks if Rosenstein has any knowledge of whether or not Peter Strzok changed the language in the Comey exoneration statement, to which the predictable reply comes again as, “No, but I would point out Congressman, that it’s the Inspector General review that has turned up…” King interrupts, saying, “I thought that was going to be the answer.”
After adding the fact that Strzok was also one of the interviewers of General Flynn and then demoted, King asks, “If he has his hands into so many things, what about the fruit of the poisonous tree? This is the reverse of this, these are the voids of fruit of the poisonous tree.”
He goes on to quote a text from Strzok’s mistress Lisa Page, also an anti-Trump partisan involved in the targeting of the President.
She said, “‘And maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you are meant to protect the country from that menace [President Trump]’ and Peter Strzok’s response is ‘Thanks, it’s absolutely true that we’re both very fortunate and of course I’ll try and approach it that way, I just don’t know. It will be tough at times. I can protect our country at many levels, not sure if that helps.'”
King asks Rosenstein, “Does that sound like a declaration that he would use his job to leverage his work against the President of the United States?” Rosenstein returns to his pat answer of the Inspector General, once again refusing to answer the question.
King tries once more, asking, “Would you have any opinion on the lack of the fruit from the poisonous tree, that might have been erased by Peter Strzok?” Not surprisingly, the response is little more than double talk, very little more.
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