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    As Rosenstein Departs, the Battlefield Is Now ReadyMay 13, 2019 11:19, Last Updated: May 15, 2019 10:10

    by Brian Cates

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    CommentaryThe Department of Justice on May 9 held a going-away ceremony for Rod Rosenstein, who is leaving after having served probably the most crucial role in the Trump administration for the past two years.

    As Rosenstein makes his long-anticipated departure as deputy attorney general, the final pieces are moving into position on the battlefield that President Donald Trump has been carefully preparing for more than two years.Protect yourself against fake news.

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    As I wrote in my column, “Trump Continues to Prepare the Battlefield,” on Jan. 18, it was absolutely of paramount importance that Rosenstein leave the Justice Department (DOJ) before the prosecution phase of Spygate could begin.

    This is what I wrote:“William Barr is coming in now to take over the next phase, while [Jeff] Sessions is free to appear as a witness and testify about what McCabe and the other plotters told him at the time they were trying to entrap him.

    Do you know who would also have to leave his current job at the DOJ to be a participant in these prosecutions? Because like Sessions, he’s involved a lot of this as a witness? Rod Rosenstein.”

    While you are in the role of being called as a witness in certain criminal cases, you can’t also be in a position of authority over those selfsame cases.

    That’s why both Sessions and Rosenstein had to leave the DOJ before the prosecution phase could be launched.People such as former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, whose key roles in the Spygate “insurance policy” are well known, are now making the rounds in the U.S. news media trying to get out ahead of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s soon-to-be-released FISA abuse report, by giving interviews in which they insist they did nothing wrong and were only acting in the best interests of the country and certainly not on the basis of political partisanship or anything like that.

    Their media allies are assisting these former top government officials by helping to launch the preemptive narrative that they are, in fact, heroic whistleblowers.

    Just one such example of setting the narrative is this recent CNN interview with Betsy Reed, head editor of The Intercept, in which she claims it’s “preposterous” to call a whistleblower a traitor.

    I expected that this particular talking point of trying to claim the Spygate leakers were heroic whistleblowers would soon emerge, which is why I wrote the column “The Spygate Leakers Aren’t Whistleblowers; They’re Criminals” on April 29 to demonstrate the absurdity of it.Key Fact About RosensteinIf you recall, Trump invited former FBI Director Robert Mueller to the White House on May 16, 2017, supposedly to discuss the then-vacant top job at the FBI.

    James Comey had been fired by Trump just a week earlier, on May 9.It just so happens that it’s a matter of public record that Rosenstein was also in the Oval Office for this crucial meeting.

    Trump himself directly stated in an interview on July 19, 2017, with New York Times reporters Maggie Haberman, Peter Baker, and Michael Schmidt that Rosenstein was there for this interview with Mueller:

    “Trump: Yeah, what Jeff Sessions did was he recused himself right after, right after he became attorney general.

    And I said, ‘Why didn’t you tell me this before?’ I would have—then I said, ‘Who’s your deputy?’ So his deputy he hardly knew, and that’s Rosenstein, Rod Rosenstein, who is from Baltimore.

    There are very few Republicans in Baltimore, if any. So, he’s from Baltimore.

    Now, he, we went through a lot of things. We were interviewing replacements at the F.B.I. Did you know Mueller was one of the people that was being interviewed?Haberman: I did, actually.Trump: He was sitting in that chair.
    We had a wonderful meeting

    Haberman: Day before, right?

    Schmidt: Did he want the job?

    Trump: The day before! Of course, he was up here, and he wanted the job.

    Haberman: And he made that clear to you? He would have—

    Trump: So, now what happens is, he leaves the office. Rosenstein leaves the office.

    The next day, he is appointed special counsel. I said, what the hell is this all about? Talk about conflicts? But he was interviewing for the job.

    There were many other conflicts that I haven’t said, but I will at some point.”

    Another interesting fact about that May 16 Oval Office interview is that Bloomberg News reported back on Aug. 3, 2018, that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions was also there:

    “President Donald Trump sat with Robert Mueller in the Oval Office in May of last year to interview him for a job: director of the FBI.The next afternoon, Trump was in another Oval Office meeting when an aide interrupted with news that Mueller had taken a different post: special counsel to investigate Trump’s campaign.

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