President Trump along with many congressional officials and investigators are protesting what they believe to be a deliberate attempt by the FBI and the Department of Justice to redact the long-awaited DOJ Inspector General report.
The President expressed his frustration last Tuesday over the delays of Horowitz’s report and suggested that the IG may have been pressured to weaken the blow of the report by redacting damaging portions before it is released.
President Trump tweeted, “What is taking so long with the Inspector General’s Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey? Numerous delays. Hope report is not being changed and made weaker! There are so many horrible things to tell, the public has a right to know. Transparency!”
Attorney General Jeff Session didn’t escape Trump’s ire either. Several sources have indicated that Sessions’ recusal should have never happened because some of the President’s colleagues gave poor advice in recommending Sessions to the position in the first place.
Trump continued, “The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn’t tell me he was going to recuse himself…I would have quickly picked someone else. So much time and money wasted, so many lives ruined…and Sessions knew better than most that there was No Collusion!”
Completed several months ago, the 400-page report addresses Hillary Clinton’s use of her private server for government business. Before it is released to the public it was reviewed by the FBI and DOJ. Individuals mentioned in the reports were allowed time to review the document.
Word has already leaked that the report is “long and thorough” and will criticize the handling of the investigation by former FBI Director James Comey.
Among other things, the IG report is expected to reveal Comey’s handling of the bureau’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server was beyond suspect.
Though completed last November, the IG’s office informed Congress to expect the release of the report to be “late winter” or at the latest “early spring.” Now that winter and spring have passed and we are well into the summer months, many are rightly growing anxious that the stonewalling of the report was so that the FBI and DOJ could weaken the report so as to not incur blame.
Congressman Ron DeSantis (Rep-FL), who has been at the front in the battle for the DOJ and FBI to produce what it promised said, “It’s been almost a year and a half and it is time that Congress receives the IG report. This has gone on long enough and the American people’s patience is wearing thin. We need accountability.”
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has come under fire for the delays as well as Sessions. In recent days Rosenstein has seemed to be key in delaying a report that is sure to denounce Comey. Ironic since he was first to question Comey’s decision to drop the Clinton investigation. Rosenstein wrote at that time:
“The director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution.”
The Deputy AG added that the function of the Director of the FBI is not to make such announcements. At most, he said, Comey should have simply announced that the FBI was presenting its findings to federal prosecutors. The FBI Director is not empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department. That task belongs to the Attorney General.
Rosenstein concluded by saying, “The Director announced his own conclusions about the nation’s most sensitive criminal investigation, without the authorization of duly appointed Justice Department leaders.”
Now, Rod Rosenstein is overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. And he is holding up the release of a document that has been a year in the making.
There is a movement among Republicans now to impeach Rosenstein or at least to hold him contempt. The American people should demand the DOJ do its job and tell everyone what has been discovered.
~ Freedom News Report