President Trump pick Rod Rosenstein personally signed off on the FBI raid on the office and home of Trump’s personal lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen, three government officials told the New York Times.
Why? Because the evidence was significant enough to necessitate such an aggressive move.
“Mr. Rosenstein’s personal involvement in the decision signals that the evidence seen by law enforcement officials was significant enough to persuade the Justice Department’s second-in-command that such an aggressive move was necessary.”
That is to say, the opposite of a witch hunt.
Trump is privately raging and trying to paint law enforcement holding his circle accountable to the law as a witch hunt. Yet, The US Attorney who approved the search warrant on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is a Republican and a Trump appointee.
The Times pointed out, “The involvement of Mr. Rosenstein and top prosecutors in New York in the raid of Mr. Cohen’s office makes it harder for Mr. Trump to argue that his legal problems are the result of a witch hunt led by Mr. Mueller. In addition to Mr. Rosenstein, all of the top law enforcement officials involved in the raid are Republicans: Mr. Mueller, Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. Director, and Geoffrey Berman, the interim United States attorney in New York.”
Trump also feels that he is entitled to dictate to law enforcement exactly what they can and cannot investigate.
The President is screaming about attorney client privilege, and yet an exception is made when an attorney helps a client commit a crime. So Trump’s real objection is to the existence and enforcement of the law as it applies to him.
Trump does not understand how all of this works. But Mueller does. Obviously.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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