If you have ever wanted to understand the concept of absolute power as a corruptible force, look no further than Rod Rosenstein and his ham-fisted rule at the Department of Justice. While the DOJ and Attorney General Jeff Sessions cry foul, there is a reason to believe Rosenstein is guilty of abusing his power – or at the very least is frightening some ordinary Americans unnecessarily.
Catherine Herridge, a journalist known for her stellar reporting, got the inside scoop on a private meeting that describes Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein threatening, “to ‘subpoena’ House committee members, with one lawmaker now claiming staffers have been left ‘physically shaking’ over Rosenstein’s tactics.”
Jeff Sessions went public to deny this, but there is no reason to doubt Herridge’s report, which certainly carries with it that unmistakable ring of truth. When pressed by the House Intelligence Committee, sources told Herridge that Rosenstein “threatened to subpoena emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and aides on the Intel Committee – in response to inquiries regarding the Russia probe.” Make no mistake; the DOJ has the power to do that and more if they decide it’s to their advantage.
It’s no wonder a congressional staffer said the threat was “downright chilling.” And why is this all happening? Because AG Sessions, in a moment of what appears to be abject cowardice, stepped down from the Russia probe. Why do the heavy lifting when you can get your underling to carry the load and take the heat?
As one might imagine, some legislators are incensed by the personal menacing of Congressional staffers who are only doing their job. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) went on Fox News and said in disgust that he has “just about had it with the Rosenstein’s approach.”
It would be safe to say many Americans can understand Graham’s irritation. Not only is the citizenry becoming entirely fed up with these types of not-so-veiled threats, but they are also beginning to better understand a justice department that seems to have run amok.
Thus, it’s becoming more and more difficult to defend the DOJ considering the spy-gate scandal and the lack of prosecution of Hillary Clinton in regard to the email affair – just to name a few.
Keep in mind that the Department of Justice employs more than a hundred thousand people with a cost to the taxpayers of approximately $31B. That’s a lot of resources at their disposal. When the DOJ goes after someone, there is almost no recourse for those attacked.
These are the tactics of an out-of-control tyrannical government on a rampage. Step in their way and you are toast – even if you have the right – and duty – of Congressional oversight at your disposal. What has always separated the United States from the banana-republics and dictatorships of the world is the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law. When that goes out the door, we have lost the very basis of a civil society that claims equal justice for all.
Without a doubt, a foul odor seems to be emanating from 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, and it’s beyond time to bring in the Hazmat team before the toxicity of the DOJ spreads to every element of our republic and decontamination is no longer possible.