There are many other players, in addition to Rosenstein, who are at serious risk. But from the perspective of leverage, Rosenstein is the key because he created the special counsel part of the hoax and because – as a result of A.G. Sessions's recusal – he remains in charge of the special counsel operation. Rosenstein can exercise as much or as little control over Mueller as he wants. Trump's threat of declassification of the "origination material" gives Trump complete leverage over Rosenstein and therefore over Mueller.
Trump's leverage ensures that Rosenstein will very much want to restrain Mueller. If Rosenstein wants to restrain Mueller, Mueller will be restrained. This may explain why we are now seeing key members of Mueller's team leaving and returning to their old jobs. The importance of this is that Mueller has posed the greatest threat to the Trump administration, the greatest annoyance. That threat is now defanged for the immediate future. If Mueller steps out of line, boom! Declassification. By putting declassification on hold, Trump maintains his leverage. And Congress continues to investigate and slowly reveal the truth.
Two senior FBI officials told the bureau’s top lawyer they believed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was “serious” when he discussed secretly recording President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office last year. https://t.co/iLQR9VelKx— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) October 9, 2018
Also via the Wombat, from Power Line: Was Rosenstein Serious About Wiretapping Trump? I think he was just being a smart ass to bunch of dumb fucking FBI guys who were too serious to understand. I run into that a lot. Even if it's true, it gives Trump a tighter grip on Rod's genitalia.
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air: Did Rosenstein Just Shine On House Republicans Over Testimony? The apparent answer is good, firm maybe, but if Trump has his back, he'll get by.
Powerline also continues to explore the curious connections between the Russiagate scandals and the Kavanaugh confirmation imbroglio in The Kavanaugh Smear and the FBI: A Connection?
James Kunstler is a liberal who has a site called Clusterf*** Nation. Although a liberal, he casts a cold, intelligent eye on the follies of our time. The linked post begins by questioning why anyone would believe Christine Ford. What follows is an explosive theme:Promises, promises.
I believe that the Christine Blasey Ford gambit was an extension of the sinister activities underway since early 2016 in the Department of Justice and the FBI to un-do the last presidential election, and that the real and truthful story about these seditious monkeyshines is going to blow wide open. . .Stunning if true.
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The Democrats’ Russia hoax and their smearing of Judge Kavanaugh are two of the most appalling episodes in recent political history. Are they, in some fashion, related? I have no idea. Stay tuned.