Post-Mueller, Trump reshuffles security and Rosenstein resigns

What a relief that Robert Mueller’s report is complete.

President Donald Trump has been tweeting about it frequently. This is his latest, from Monday, April 29, 2019:

Bob Mueller was a great HERO to the Radical Left Democrats. Now that the Mueller Report is finished, with a finding of NO COLLUSION & NO OBSTRUCTION (based on a review of Report by our highly respected A.G.), the Dems are going around saying, “Bob who, sorry, don’t know the man.”

Trump can now enter a new phase of his presidency.

Trump recently reshuffled a few people in departments relating to personal and national security.

On Monday, April 8, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced a change to the US Secret Service:

Director Randy “Tex” Alles will stepping down shortly and is naming James M. Murray, a career member of the USSS, to take over as Director in May. Sanders says Alles “has done a great job & is thankful for his 20 years of service.

And:

At the same time, Alles was full of praise for his designated successor at USSS, James Murray, currently Asst Dir of the Office of Protective Operations. Alles calls Murray “a consummate professional (&) a true leader.” “I have great confidence in his capabilities,” writes Alles.

On Wednesday, April 10, Kirstjen Nielsen resigned as the head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). General Kelly, Trump’s former chief of staff, was her predecessor and recommended her for the job.

The acting director of DHS is Kevin McAleenan, who had been acting commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection between 2017 and 2018. McAleenan served under the Bush II and Obama administrations, enthusiastically endorsed by officials from both.

Last week, McAleenan gave an interview to Fox News about the southern border situation. The Daily Caller reported:

The new DHS leader said more military troops are needed to help alleviate the crisis.

McAleenan called for an overhaul of the country’s immigration laws, but cited two areas specifically that are in dire need of reform. Homeland Security agents, he argued, need to be able to detain migrant families together and also have ability to repatriate migrant children from noncontiguous countries.

The requests closely mirrored what former DHS secretary Nielsen asked of Congress in March.

On Monday, April 29, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein resigned, effective May 11. He stayed on to help AG William Barr transition more easily into his role as the Mueller report was in its final stages.

It’s difficult for me to believe that Rosenstein was one of the good guys. As someone on Twitter said, he is an opportunist and evermore shall be:

RR is and was out for RR. He could’ve blown the whistle on Lynch, Comey, and corrupt midyear exam at any point. But didn’t.

Die-hard conservative Trump supporters want so hard to believe their guy is surrounded by good guys. They loved Rosey’s resignation letter to Trump for mentioning Robert H Jackson (Chief US Prosecutor for the Nuremberg Military Trials), Edward Levi (AG during the Church Commission of the 1970s) and Thomas Paine (author of Common Sense, 1776).

However, as Boston’s veteran political columnist Howie Carr pointed out on his show on Monday (slightly paraphrased):

What sort of resignation letter is that long? It should be three paragraphs at most.

It was grovelling, to say the least, so I’ll jump to the end:

We keep the faith, follow the rules, and we always put America first.

Gag me.

Other people online read it the same way.

One tweeted:

“America first”. Gotta seriously wonder how a guy went from a panic stricken dude who wanted to wear a wire and invoke the 25th to this. What the heck happened on that AF1 flight he was on?

Another said:

Bullshittery in all of its finery. Rosenstein must testify in public about the corruption and criminality he directly observed and indirectly learned about via the evidence in the Mueller Report. It appears that he contributed to the politicization of .

A third wrote:

“I am grateful for the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations”?????

Rosey plays a good game, evident in the following Twitter exchange as well as the ensuing tweets from all and sundry.

Both of the following are right, although I agree more with the first comment.

An OANN reporter tweeted:

Rod Rosenstein agreed that Comey should be fired. Then signed bad FISA warrants. Then set up probe of Trump/Russia & hired Comey’s best friend to run it. Then ignored Strozk-Page texts, FBI leaks & perjury traps. Did he wear a wire too? It’s like a DOJ version of one-man Hamlet.

An Epoch Times reporter responded:

Rosenstein: Told then-Senator Sessions Comey should be fired
Signed FISA – “not the affiant”
Took investigation away from McCabe. Barr close w/Mueller as well
Horowitz found texts during investigation of McCabe
Rosenstein led leak investigation – Baker under criminal probe

This next chap, Brian Cates, must be the world’s biggest Jeff Sessions fan. Cates, who used to tweet under the pseud Stealth Jeff, writes for Epoch Times. His articles are very good, but when it comes to tweeting about Sessions — and Rosenstein — he goes a bit too far for me. It will be interesting to see if this prediction of his comes true:

In order to testify against the SpyGate plotters, both Sessions and Rosenstein had to exit the DOJ. They can’t be government officeholders with official powers during the trials.

What these fan-boys and gals forget is that, not so long ago, Trump accused Rosenstein of ‘treason’. As Fox News reported on Monday:

In recent months, Rosenstein became a frequent target of Trump’s ire, after FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe described private discussions about secretly recording and potentially ousting the president in the days after he fired FBI Director James Comey.

Trump accused them of pursuing a “treasonous” plot against him. Rosenstein, though, denied pursuing a recording of the president and has pushed back on claims he broached the idea of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office …

As first reported by The New York Times last year, Rosenstein allegedly discussed wearing a “wire” to tape Trump and pursuing his removal from office in meetings and conversations with Justice Department and FBI officials. This would have been in the tumultuous days after Comey was fired as FBI director, with the president citing in part a memo penned by Rosenstein — reportedly catching him off guard.

Fox News has learned one key meeting took place on May 16, 2017 at Justice Department headquarters. Several people were in the room, including McCabe and former FBI counsel Lisa Page. Mueller was appointed as special counsel the next day.

Rosenstein’s conservative critics on the Capitol Hill seized on the reports, with North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, calling on him to appear before Congress to explain the comments. In July, Meadows and Jim Jordan of Ohio, another member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, introduced five articles of impeachment against Rosenstein.

Those impeachment articles accused Rosenstein of intentionally withholding documents and information from Congress, failure to comply with congressional subpoenas and abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). That effort was referred to the House Judiciary Committee, where it has not been voted upon.

As for Sessions, this was his latest utterance from Wednesday, April 24:

It’s time to move past Mueller report and ‘get on with the business of America’.

The reactions following this tweet on the same subject are worth reading.

I also agree with this one:

Can Rod Rosenstein still be forced to testify now that he’s no longer a Government Employee?

I bet he takes the 5th.

As Trump is the one to whom his supporters look up, it is hard to understand why so many of them discount his own words, preferring instead their deluded fantasyland. From February 18:

Wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. He was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged. He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught…..

….There is a lot of explaining to do to the millions of people who had just elected a president who they really like and who has done a great job for them with the Military, Vets, Economy and so much more. This was the illegal and treasonous “insurance policy” in full action!

Over the next two months, we should be seeing a declassification of the long-awaited FISA-related documents followed by Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s next report, which Trump recently described as a ‘blockbuster’.

In between, there are likely to be other White House-related intrigues coming to light.

2 comments for “Post-Mueller, Trump reshuffles security and Rosenstein resigns

  1. May 1, 2019 at 5:23 am

    People are awaiting the jailings now. That and border funding. The evidence is there to prosecute, Trump needs to act, thereby showing faith to his base. Or they will start to become disillusioned at the worst time.

    • May 2, 2019 at 9:11 am

      Indeed. Both will, IMHO, be critical for 2020.

      I am currently reading about William Barr — a memo he sent to Rosey in 2018 and his (Barr’s) testimony to the Senate yesterday.

      Both are explosive for different reasons. Both concern the Mueller probe/report. I’ll be buying popcorn for the weeks ahead.

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