(National Sentinel) Come Clean: The House Freedom Caucus is demanding that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein come before lawmakers and respond, under oath and penalty of perjury, to allegations made by The New York Times that he schemed to oust POTUS Donald Trump in 2017.
“Tonight the Freedom Caucus took an official position that Rod Rosenstein needs to come testify before the Judiciary committee within the week or he needs to resign,” said a tweet from the group.
This comes after the caucus chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., issued a similar challenge on Tuesday.
Rosenstein is scheduled to meet with POTUS Trump at the White House on Thursday regarding information contained in memos written by fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was also implicated in Spygate (download our special timeline report for free here).
A bombshell report in the Times claims that Rosenstein once offered to secretly record POTUS Trump inside the Oval Office while seeking to “recruit” top Trump administration officials to get rid of the president via the 25th Amendment — a majority of Cabinet members voting for removal.
The Times says that Rosenstein shared those plans with “other Justice Department and FBI officials,” who of course gave the paper their details anonymously.
During meetings in May 2017, Rosenstein allegedly made the explosive suggestion to other Justice Department and FBI officials that someone secretly record POTUS. The scheme never materialized, but according to the Times Rosenstein told then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe he thought it would be possible to flip Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, now chief of staff, to invoke the 25th Amendment.
As former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy wrote on Tuesday in The Hill, the timing of Rosenstein’s alleged scheming as laid out by the NY Times is suspect: It occurred right around the time the deputy AG appointed special counsel Robert Mueller — without any suspected violation of law committed by the president:
The Times describes Rosenstein as an emotional wreck after Comey’s firing, worrying about the damage to his good reputation. He became desperate to show that his sympathies lay with those portraying Trump as unfit for the presidency.
Immediately after Comey was dismissed, Rosenstein let it be known that Trump seemed incompetent in interviews of candidates to run the FBI. Though he had shredded Comey in his May 9 memo, Rosenstein reportedly began telling FBI officials that he wished Comey were still running the FBI, and even contemplated consulting Comey on appointment of a special counsel.
And when was he doing that? The Times tells us it was in the period May 12 to 17. That is, at precisely the time Rosenstein reportedly was floating the idea of wiretapping Trump and ousting him under the 25th Amendment, he decided to appoint a special counsel. Rosenstein even contemplated appointing former President Obama’s deputy attorney general, James Cole, before ultimately appointing Robert Mueller, the former Obama and Bush FBI director — Comey’s predecessor and longtime colleague.
The absence of grounds for appointing a special counsel apparently was beside the point. Imposing a special counsel on Trump, like absurdly suggesting that the president should be removed from office, signaled to the audience that Rosenstein cared about — Washington insiders — that he was with them: If Trump could not be ousted, Rosenstein would at least have him monitored by a prosecutor.
The Times tells us that on May 16, Rosenstein raised the idea of invoking the 25th Amendment. Less than 24 hours later, he appointed Mueller.
If we were to hazard a guess, Rosenstein’s time at the Justice Department is limited, though we wouldn’t expect any action until after the midterms.
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