Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein does not take well to criticism. He seems to believe that his actions are above question and above reproach. It may be that the Deputy AG needs a reminder of just where the Department of Justice falls in the scheme of things. That is what Florida GOP Representative Ron DeSantis may have signed up to do. He is not happy with the stonewalling that Congress has received from the Department of Justice.
As Written and Reported By Onan Coca for Eagle Rising:
Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may have bitten off more than he can chew, when he decided to find work for Robert Mueller.
In recent days, after almost two years of investigating with nothing to show for their efforts, Rosenstein has become a touch ornery.
He recently implied that his critics should be careful about the things they say, because it could come back to bite them.
Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) didn’t find Rosenstein’s comments helpful, and he’s starting to wonder if the Assistant Attorney General actually understands the Constitution that he has been charged to defend? DeSantis argues that Rosenstein has “botched” the investigation, and that Mueller doesn’t seem to have any reason to need to speak with President Trump because he hasn’t found any evidence that any crime or malfeasance was committed.
Neil Cavuto: Anyway, the DOJ inspector general is looking into possible FBI misconduct and was supposed to testify next week on Capitol Hill.
Now, that hearing is delayed to make sure the investigation is complete and unimpeded, all this as the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, you might remember, continues to come under fire for his handling of the whole Mueller probe and how he reacted to all of that.
Critics claim he’s botching it. He says the critics are piling on and they better be careful.
Florida Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis is a member of the House Judiciary Committee.
Congressman, I wonder if Rod Rosenstein was talking about you or guys like you when he talked about this pressure. What was it?
Rep. Ron DeSantis: I just think Rod Rosenstein has a peculiar view of the Constitution and rule of law.
He seems to think we have the Congress, we have the president, the courts, and then the Justice Department is superior to all of them, and that the rule of law is basically whatever some arbitrary decision is made by him or Mueller or other people in the department.
That is not the way this operates. They are a statutorily created department. They get their funding from Congress. And we, the American people and their elected representatives, have a right to conduct oversight over their activity.
So, he has stonewalled our investigations for months and months. And, yes, I do think he has botched this whole Mueller thing. I don’t think there was a basis to appoint Mueller, but he certainly has not reined him in. He has let this thing go far beyond the original mandate.