Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Secret memo hints GOP could be targeting Deputy AG Rosenstein, report says

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| 30 January, 2018, 01:55

The Times report did not reveal the evidence Rosenstein relied on to authorize extension of the surveillance.

Former campaign aide Carter Page told Politico that he's "still awaiting the facts" about the FBI's surveillance of him before he responds to a report that the Justice Department OK'd extending a warrant to do just that.

A House Intelligence Committee memo shows Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein approved extending surveillance on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, based on allegations in the Steele dossier. The White House has indicated that President Trump will not object to the release of the document, which was put together by House Intel chairman Devin Nunes, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy and Republican staff on the Intelligence Committee.

Page told The Daily Caller last week that he "very much" hopes that the push to release the FISA memo will be successful. Instead, he ordered Mueller to be fired, then backed down after the White House counsel refused to carry out the order, The New York Times reported last week.

"Based on numerous news reports, top officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have engaged in conduct that shows bias against President Trump and bias for Hillary Clinton", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told the Times in a statement.


Democrats, as well as the Justice Department, have warned that releasing the memo to the public would be "extraordinarily reckless", although the leaks of the memo to the Times makes those claims dubious. "While President Trump has the utmost respect and support for the rank-and-file members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the anti-Trump bias at the top levels that appear to have existed is troubling".

Rosenstein, a Republican who served as U.S. Attorney in Maryland under presidents of both parties, has faced that sort of criticism before. "The Department of Justice has to go into a FISA court and request an extension of any surveillance that's ongoing".

The dossier alleges that Page was the Trump campaign's contact with the Kremlin and that he met secretly in July 2016 with two Kremlin insiders, Igor Sechin and Igor Diveykin.

"This is exactly an example of how this memo is inaccurate and misleading", Rangappa said.

Rangappa agreed that Trump could effectively kill the Russian Federation probe with a "death by a thousand cuts" by replacing Rosenstein.

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