Obstructionist Democrats are using their usual tactics to prevent Jeffery Rosen from being confirmed as the replacement for Rod Rosenstein in the Attorney General’s office. Rosenstein, the former number two at the Department of Justice has been a staunch partisan opponent of the Trump administration.
Democrats are eager to smear Rosenstein’s Trump appointed replacement. They launched vicious attacks against Rosen. They called into question his qualifications and challenged him on the nature of his role in any future investigations that might stem from the fallout of the Mueller investigation.
Attorney General William Barr set off a firestorm last week when he said that he believed that there had been illegal spying used against Donald Trump and his campaign team. Barr seemed reluctant to say so because he realized that making that statement meant he would be obliged to open an investigation into said spying. It was a grim moment as Democrats, shocked by Barr’s statement cautioned him and asked him repeatedly if he wanted to change his statement. Barr thoughtfully declined.
This means investigations into the possibility of Obama-led spying against Trump will commence. What’s more, this means that the new assistant Attorney General of the DOJ, Jeffery Rosen, will have a leading part in any investigations.
To put it plainly, Democrats are looking down the business end of an investigation that will devastate many of their top ranking people- and Rosen is going to be a major driver of those investigations. So they are trying to de-claw him before he gets into this position of power.
Mike Lee (R) pressed Rosen repeatedly on Wednesday regarding DOJ efforts to delay the initiation of a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that was passed last year.
Rosen’s experience in government is largely derived from his time as a Transportation Dept. official. His critics say that he does not have the requisite experience to fill his role at the DOJ. But he struck fear into the hearts of Democratic leadership when he told senators, “I will follow DOJ guidelines, including adhering to an Obama-era memo that outlined how the White House and senior Justice Department officials can communicate about ongoing investigations.”
In other words, if William Barr directs him to investigate Democrats in the forthcoming Trump wiretapping, he will do his job and he will level indictments as the law and his job description directs him to do.
Senator Amy Klobuchar pressed Rosen about his intentions regarding forthcoming investigations once appointed, to which he responded. “I’m not at the department, I’m not yet in a position to make a pronouncement about it. But I know it’s in effect and it appears to me to be a sensible way to proceed.”
William Barr has expressed his confidence in Rosen, saying he expected that he would do his job faithfully. This gives Democrats no comfort considering that Barr was insistent that he believed intelligence agencies had been directed by Obama to spy on Trump.
Democrats facing down Rosen during his confirmation hearing did not do a good job of concealing their obvious self-interest. This is a clear cut case of a guilty party trying to stop the new sheriff from coming to town.
Richard Blumenthal admonished Rosen to use his new authority to ensure that the Mueller report would be released in its full and unredacted form. This, of course, is not reasonable or standard. Reports on major investigations have to be at least partially redacted in order to protect the privacy of major players in the case.
By asking for the Mueller report to be released unredacted, Democrats are asking for something that is unprecedented and that would compromise many high-level law enforcement people. But try explaining that to Democrats, and they’ll probably just call you a Russian asset.
Blumenthal said, “He’s [Rosen] given me no reason to have even a glimmer of confidence in his standing strong for the integrity and independence of the ongoing investigations regarding President Trump or any other individuals in power, and the transparency and disclosure of the Mueller report.”
Rosen’s defenders say he will follow the law, and that’s exactly what his detractors are afraid of.
Rosen is unwavering in his assertion that he will do his job in accordance with his superiors, and the law. “There are resources available and I would make it my job to utilize and leverage the expertise and experience they bring to bear,” he said as Democrats continued to sweat bullets. “While combining that with my own experience and judgment to do the very best I could to serve in this position.”