By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova didn’t mince words during an interview on Fox Business‘ Lou Dobbs Tonight on Thursday, placing the blame for the nearly two-year “witch hunt” investigation of POTUS Donald Trump by former special counsel Robert Mueller on one man: Then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Describing Rosenstein as a “coward” who failed to “push back” against Justice and FBI officials like Andrew McCabe and others who were pining for a special counsel to investigate the president for alleged “collusion” with Russia, diGenova said he had every opportunity to stop the probe in its tracks but didn’t.
“He came in, he found out about the Hillary Clinton [sham] investigation, he saw how rabidly anti-Trump they were, and he, Rosenstein, caved, and gave up the power of the attorney general and deputy attorney general to a bunch of corrupt FBI officials,” diGenova said.
The former D.C. district prosecutor also mentioned a mysterious “third scope” memo that Rosenstein issued to Mueller on Oct. 20, 2017 — several months after the special counsel was appointed.
According to the Washington Examiner‘s Byron York, who revealed the existence of the memo, said it proves a major point.
“We know in the end Mueller could not establish that conspiracy or coordination had taken place between Trump and Russia, and what we know is that by October 2017, that’s when he was learning that he could not establish this,” York told Fox News earlier in the day.
And yet, the probe went on and on, eventually ensnaring Trump associates Paul Manafort, his one-time campaign manager (on Ukraine-related charges using a fake “black money ledger” document) and former personal attorney Michael Cohen, among others.
York noted further:
The 448-page Mueller report has been public for two months, so it might seem strange that the Justice Department’s original instructions to special counsel Robert Mueller, outlining what he was assigned to investigate, are still a secret. But they are. And now, it turns out those instructions were more extensive than previously known. Until now, it was widely understood that there had been two “scope memos” from the DOJ to Mueller. Now, it turns out there was a third, as well.
When Mueller was first appointed, on May 17, 2017, the appointment document, signed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, authorized Mueller to investigate three areas: “i) any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; [and] iii) any other matters within the scope of [obstruction of justice laws].”
That document was made public immediately. It shaped the popular understanding of what Mueller was investigating. It was, however, just for show. …
The Justice Department has recently allowed members of some congressional committees to view the scope memos, and out of that has come the news that there was a third scope memo to Mueller. Dated Oct. 20, 2017, its contents remain a secret. But its very existence suggests something was going on behind the scenes in the relationship of Mueller and his supervisors at the Justice Department. …
At the moment, the third scope memo, like most of the second scope memo, remains a secret. Mueller included a brief description of it in his report, revealing that Rosenstein reauthorized him to investigate Michael Cohen, Richard Gates, and Roger Stone “as part of a full and thorough investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.” But the report, as released, blacked out other names on the grounds of “personal privacy.” It is not clear what parts of the investigation they represented, and it is not clear why a third scope memo was necessary in the first place.
“Rod Rosenstein was a coward,” diGenova added. “He didn’t know how to tell those people to stop fooling around and messing around with Trump.”
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