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Message Received – Thank You Bill Barr…
2019-12-12
[ConservativeTreehouse] I’m not going to write a long history of the background again {Go Deep}. However, to be fair, if we are going to hold Barr accountable it is appropriate to be thankful when at least one aspect of a gross injustice has been addressed.

When the decision to allow James Wolfe to escape accountability for his leaking of the classified documents was made, there were only a few people within the DOJ who could make that decision.

AG Jeff Sessions was recused from anything to do with the ongoing DOJ activity into the 2016 election issues and the Russian-collusion/conspiracy investigation.

Therefore Robert Mueller, DAG Rod Rosenstein, DOJ liason Ed O’Callaghan and U.S. Attorney for DC Jessie Liu would have been the group of decision-makers. With Mueller and Rosenstein gone that left O’Callaghan and Liu still on staff at Main Justice. Today the last two were removed from positions of authority in the DOJ.
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Wikipedia: On December 10, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Liu as Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes at the Department of the Treasury

No word on where to Ed O'Callaghan is shuffled.
Related:
James Wolfe: 2018-12-12 Clapper asks for leniency for Senate Intel Committee source
James Wolfe: 2018-07-24 Indicted Senate Staffer James Wolfe Leaked a 2017 Copy of Full FISA Warrant Against Carter Page to Reporter Ali Watkins…
James Wolfe: 2018-07-04 Hogwash – Brian Ross Didn't Resign Over the Fake News Flynn Story
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Robert Mueller: 2019-12-09 ‘Treason': House Judiciary Committee Report Implicates Trump in Ultimate Crime
Robert Mueller: 2019-12-06 VDH 'When Our Guardians Fail Us'
Robert Mueller: 2019-12-06 Convicted Pedophile Used In Mueller Investigation Indicted For Funneling Millions In Illegal Contributions to Hillary
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Rod Rosenstein: 2019-10-26 Democrats Say ‘Whistleblower’s’ Testimony No Longer Needed
Rod Rosenstein: 2019-09-11 All in the Comey Family
Rod Rosenstein: 2019-08-29 DOJ inspector general found all four Carter Page FISA warrants were illegally obtained, Joe diGenova says
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Jessie Liu: 2019-09-13 US attorney recommends proceeding with charges against McCabe
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Home Front: Politix
Judges place temporary hold on ex-White House lawyer ruling
2019-12-01
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Appeals court judges put on hold a ruling by a lower court that would require former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify to lawmakers as part of the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

McGahn, who left his post in October 2018, last May defied a House Judiciary Committee subpoena to testify about Trump’s efforts to impede former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that detailed Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

The hold on the case comes as the judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit consider a longer stay. They scheduled oral arguments for Jan. 3 on the underlying appeal, according to a court order.

Hours earlier, Washington-based U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson agreed to impose a temporary delay on her ruling, saying in an order it would give her time to rule on whether to put the case on hold longer-term so the Justice Department can appeal.
Related:
Don McGahn: 2019-11-28 US Justice Department asks court to block ex-White House lawyer ruling
Don McGahn: 2018-09-22 National Review - Grassley's Kangaroo Court
Don McGahn: 2018-03-13 Rosenstein defends Mueller: No reason to end special counsel
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Home Front: Politix
US Justice Department asks court to block ex-White House lawyer ruling
2019-11-28
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The US Justice Department on Wednesday asked an appeals court to put on hold a ruling requiring former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify to politicians as part of the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump
...The man who was so stupid he beat fourteen professional politicians, a former tech CEO, and a brain surgeon for the Republican nomination in 2016, then beat The Smartest Woman in the World in the general election...
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The filing in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit came after Obama Appointee US District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson did not act on a similar request to prevent her ruling on Monday from going into effect.
Related:
Don McGahn: 2018-09-22 National Review - Grassley's Kangaroo Court
Don McGahn: 2018-03-13 Rosenstein defends Mueller: No reason to end special counsel
Don McGahn: 2018-02-16 Adam Schiff Confirms Democratic Memo Contains ‘Sources and Methods'
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Ketanji Brown Jackson: 2018-08-27 U.S. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson rejects POTUS directives easing ability to fire federal workers
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Home Front: Politix
Democrats Say ‘Whistleblower’s’ Testimony No Longer Needed
2019-10-26
[BREITBART] House Democrats believe there is sufficient evidence to advance their closed-door impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
without seeking testimony from the so-called "whistleblower," whose complaint initially prompted the probe, according to a Thursday evening report.

The Washington Post, citing several House Democrats, reports that the so-called "whistleblower’s" testimony is no longer a priority in the wake of testimonies delivered by Ukraine’s top diplomat, William Taylor, and former National Security Council senior director Fiona Hill, before congressional Sherlocks.

Taylor told politicians that Gordon Sondland, U.S. Ambassador to the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Union, notified Andriy Yermak, an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, that military assistance would only be provided when Zelensky agreed to look into allegations of corruption against former Vice President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Old, boring, a plagiarist, fond of hair sniffing and grabbing the protruding parts of women, and not whatcha call brilliant...
and his son, Hunter Biden. Robert Luskin, an attorney for Sondland, said his client has no recollection of the alleged discussion.

"I think it’s quite clear we have a surfeit of evidence that corroborates in full every aspect of what happened and the policy they were pursuing," Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA), a member of the House Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees, said in a statement to the Post.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) told the Post: "This is the role that whistleblowers play: Whistleblowers are the people who set off a process by telling the truth. The whistleblower will go down in history as a hero for kicking off this process. But the whistleblower is no longer integral to the investigation in any way."
This is the role anonymus tipsters play. Once the investigation is underway they can be disposed of, if they ever existed.
Related:
House Democrats: 2019-10-24 Democrat Katie Hill Denies Affairs with Staffers Despite Photographic Evidence
House Democrats: 2019-10-22 The Clock Is Running Out For Impeachment
House Democrats: 2019-10-22 Pelosi's 'fact sheet' on Trump impeachment
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Impeachment inquiry: 2019-10-24 Joaquin Castro: GOP SCIF Walk-in ‘Absolutely' Was a Risk to National Security
Impeachment inquiry: 2019-10-24 Democrat Katie Hill Denies Affairs with Staffers Despite Photographic Evidence
Impeachment inquiry: 2019-10-22 The Clock Is Running Out For Impeachment
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William Taylor: 2019-10-23 US diplomat tells Congress aid to Ukraine was tied to Biden, 2016 probes
William Taylor: 2014-06-30 Attorney: Lerner vilified by GOP out of convenience
William Taylor: 2014-06-29 Lois Lerner fights back
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Fiona Hill: 2019-10-21 Schiff's Russia Expert Worked W/Steele, Wrote ‘Russian Interference' Piece In 2016, Has Unusual Connections
Fiona Hill: 2019-10-15 Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz kicked out of impeachment inquiry hearing
Fiona Hill: 2019-10-15 NSC staffer discussed Trump-Ukraine call outside council, called conversation 'outrageous': sources
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Gordon Sondland: 2019-10-23 US diplomat tells Congress aid to Ukraine was tied to Biden, 2016 probes
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Volodymyr Zelensky: 2019-10-22 Pelosi's 'fact sheet' on Trump impeachment
Volodymyr Zelensky: 2019-10-17 State Department Official Said He Raised Concerns Over Burisma Corruption In 2016
Volodymyr Zelensky: 2019-10-16 125 House members want to censure Adam Schiff
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Hunter Biden: 2019-10-23 US diplomat tells Congress aid to Ukraine was tied to Biden, 2016 probes
Hunter Biden: 2019-10-21 CD Media Releasing Information On Poroshenko Money Laundering/Biden Cover Up, In Series Of Articles, With Sourcing
Hunter Biden: 2019-10-21 Mayor Lori Lightfoot proposes doubling city’s tax on food and drinks at restaurants
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Gerald Connolly: 2018-03-30 Democrats demand Jared Kushner be investigated
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Jamie Raskin: 2017-12-15 Dems attack babbling Rod Rosenstein's release of anti-trump messages
Jamie Raskin: 2017-07-01 Two dozen Democrats get behind bill to lay foundation for removing Trump for being mentally 'incapacitated'
Jamie Raskin: 2016-04-28 MSNBC ignores Chris Matthews' wife losing her congressional race
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Home Front: Politix
All in the Comey Family
2019-09-11
h/t Instapundit
[NationalReview] By his own admission, the recently fired FBI director James Comey leaked at least four memos of private presidential conversations ‐ at least one of them containing some classified secret material ‐ variously to his lawyers and through liaisons to the press. In both phone calls and personal meetings, Comey never gave any hint to the president he served that he intended to leave a written record of the conversations for what turned out to be his own selfish agenda.

Comey said his intent by leaking his versions of these conversations was to force a brouhaha that would in turn prompt Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel. That gambit worked to perfection when, shortly after Comey’s scripted media leaks, Robert Mueller, his predecessor, former FBI director, and longtime friend, was appointed special counsel, apparently to do what the now fired James Comey could not.

...Yet despite taking more than 22 months and costing over $30 million in costs, the Mueller team’s investigation found no collusion and no grounds for indicting Trump on obstruction of the non-crime of collusion. So, many months and millions later, Mueller ended up exempting the real Russian collusion while chasing in vain the fake collusion.
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
DOJ inspector general found all four Carter Page FISA warrants were illegally obtained, Joe diGenova says
2019-08-29
[Washington Examiner] The Justice Department inspector general has determined all four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page were illegally obtained, attorney Joe diGenova said this week.
And the black robed tyrants who rubber stamped each application, what about those fellas ?
In an investigation that began last year, Inspector General Michael Horowitz examined the Justice Department's and FBI's compliance with legal requirements as well as policies and procedures in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court related to Page as part of a larger counterintelligence inquiry into President Trump's campaign.

Back in May, diGenova, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, said the three FISA warrant extensions against Page were illegally obtained, adding "the only question now is whether or not the first FISA was illegally obtained."
One follow-on question please. Was Carter Page aware of his role as a Trump campaign FBI source? While he's playing the victom now, I'd reckon he was keenly aware of his clandestine role.
Now diGenova says Horowitz made the same determination about the warrant that started it all.

"I can report categorically that the inspector general has found that all four FISA warrants were illegal. They were based on false information supplied to the FISA Court. And Michael Horowitz has concluded that all four FISA warrants were illegal," he told WMAL on Monday.

The announcement comes days after The Hill's John Solomon reported Horowitz had completed his investigation and, after a declassification period, could be released sometime between mid-September to early October.

DiGenova previously said memos, obtained by conservative group Citizens United through open-records litigation, suggest the FBI might have misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in the first warrant application about an unverified dossier.

The dossier, compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele, contained salacious and unverified claims about Trump's ties to Russia. It was used by the FBI to obtain the authority to wiretap Page, an American who had suspicious connections to the Russians. The first warrant application was submitted in October 2016, after which there were three renewals at three-month intervals, including in January, April, and June 2017.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but that would be....non-US citizen Christopher Steele, AMIRITE? Are there no rules regarding such evidence and sources? Is the seldom mentioned '18 U.S. Code § 3491. Foreign documents' applicable ?
The warrant applications were approved by a number of high-ranking officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.
All recently revealed as the Bernie and Ruth Madoff's of the FBI and Justice system.
The memos obtained by Citizens United, and shared with the Washington Examiner, show Steele met with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec on Oct. 11 and admitted he was encouraged by a client to get his research out before the 2016 election, signaling a possible political motivation. The timing of the meeting is notable, as it was 10 days before the FBI used Steele's unverified dossier to obtain the original warrant to wiretap Page.

DiGenova served as an independent counsel in the 1990s for a case on former President Bill Clinton's passport before he was elected. Last year, it was announced diGenova and his wife and legal partner Victoria Toensing were joining Trump's legal team for the federal Russia investigation, but that plan was nixed within days. He had been highly critical of Mueller's Russia investigation, claiming that Trump had been "framed" by the Justice Department and the FBI, and has spread conspiracy theories about it.

But diGenova appears to have some knowledgeable sources.
While the rest of us struggle, Joe and Victoria maintain their finely tuned mental acuity by working difficult legal-term crossword puzzles and engaging in rapid fire, single digit math problems.
In April he said a "bombshell" report on Comey was imminent that included criminal referrals. Although diGenova's expectation for the report's release in two weeks was off the mark, Comey was criminally referred for his memos memorializing his conversations with Trump. The Justice Department declined to prosecute. In a piece published Wednesday, the Washington Examiner's Byron York confirmed with sources that Horowitz is preparing to release a report on Comey's conduct in the Trump-Russia investigation, separate from the report on alleged FISA abuses.

Related: Hot Air - DoJ Inspector General To Report On Comey’s Conduct In Separate Report
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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Holocaust survivor celebrates 104th birthday surrounded by 400 descendants
2019-08-08
[NYPOST] This is the picture of triumph over evil.
The best revenge is success.
A Holocaust survivor celebrated her 104th birthday last week at the Western Wall in Jerusalem ‐ and for the occasion posed for a photo surrounded by about 400 of her descendants, including her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Centenarian Shoshana Ovitz survived the Auschwitz concentration camp 74 years ago, according to Israeli outlets.

In the camp, she watched as her mother was ripped from her and handed to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, who performed deadly experiments on prisoners, her grandson, Meir Rosenstein, told Israeli news hound Sivan Rahav Meir.

After the Holocaust, Ovitz met the man who would later become her husband, Dov Ovitz, who had lost his wife and four daughters in the genocide.

The couple searched for surviving relatives together and lived in Austria, before eventually settling in Haifa, where they had two daughters and two sons.

For her milestone birthday, Ovitz had one request, for all of her descendants to come together at the holy Jewish site ‐ and her children and grandchildren worked hard to make that happen.

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Home Front: Politix
Joe diGenova shares conspiracy theory about FBI using Mueller phone to secretly record Trump
2019-07-18
[Washington Examiner] Attorney Joe diGenova amplified a conspiracy theory about special counsel Robert Mueller during an interview Wednesday on Fox Business.

On Lou Dobbs Tonight, diGenova, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, referred to an interview Mueller had with President Trump in May 2017 about taking over as FBI director after James Comey was fired.

"Something very interesting that hasn't been written about occurred," diGenova told guest host Gregg Jarrett. "Bob Mueller went into that meeting with [Deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein, and it was just three of them in the Oval Office, and Bob Mueller had a telephone, a cellphone," diGenova told Jarrett.

"He left that cellphone in Oval Office after the meeting. And it is now believed by many people that cellphone was used to broadcast the meeting between the president, Rod Rosenstein, and Bob Mueller, back to FBI headquarters, where they recorded the conversation with the president," diGenova said, before adding that Mueller likely left the phone there to "record what happened after they left."

Talk of Mueller leaving behind his cellphone in the Oval Office began with a book written by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. He only mentions the phone off-hand and makes no assertions about clandestine surveillance.

"Mueller had gone in for an interview with Trump, and left his phone there, and then the phone had to be retrieved," McCabe wrote in The Threat: How the F.B.I. Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.

Speculation about the FBI recording the president has ensued on right-wing blogs and social media and now has been given a voice on cable television. DiGenova's claim was not contested by Jarrett.
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
All Dots Connected…Clintons, Mueller, Rosenstein, Comey, Learner, plus secret guests … Lets PLAY FOLLOW THE TRAIL…
2019-06-13
[Republic Broadcasting] Let’s follow the trail......

Here’s what it looks like when all the pieces are sewn together. It smells like conspiracy and treason. Everyone needs to read this. Slowly, and patiently, because it’s very important......

From 2001 to 2005 there was an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

A Grand Jury had been empanelled. Governments from around the world had donated to the "Charity". Yet, from 2001 to 2003 none of those "Donations" to the Clinton Foundation were declared.

Hmmm, now you would think that an honest investigator would be able to figure this out.

Guess who took over this investigation in 2002? Bet you can’t guess. None other than James Comey. Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?

Guess who was transferred in to the Internal Revenue Service to run the Tax Exemption Branch of the IRS? Your friend and mine, Lois "Be on The Look Out" (BOLO) Lerner.

Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it? It gets better, well not really, but this is all just a series of strange coincidences, right?

Guess who ran the Tax Division inside the Department of Injustice from 2001 to 2005? No other than the Assistant Attorney General of the United States, Rod Rosenstein.

Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it? Guess who was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during this time frame?

I know, it’s a miracle, just a coincidence, just an anomaly in statistics and chances, but it was Robert Mueller.
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
3 Times Media Falsely Claimed Russiagate Transparency Would End The Republic
2019-05-27
[The Federalist] On Thursday, President Donald Trump issued a memorandum directing the intelligence agency heads to comply and cooperate with "a review of intelligence activities relating to the campaigns in the 2016 Presidential election." The memorandum also gave Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify information pertaining to the investigation.

For several years, government officials from the Obama administration had alleged in anonymous leaks to friendly reporters that Trump was a traitor who had colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton. After nearly a year of investigation at the FBI, which included the use of wiretaps, national security letters, and overseas intelligence assets deployed against the campaign, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein launched a special counsel to further investigate the claim.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller ended his nearly two-year probe with a determination that neither Trump nor his campaign ‐ and indeed no Americans at all ‐ had colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election. That probe, whose overwhelmingly Democrat participants bristled at the charge they were engaged in a "witch hunt," did attempt to show that Trump’s complaints against the false smear were tantamount to "obstruction of justice," but was unable to do so.

Media who are implicated in perpetuating the false allegation that Trump was a traitor reacted poorly to the news that Barr was given authority to bring some transparency to the Russia collusion narrative that had been effective precisely because it was shrouded in secrecy.

As bizarre as it is for journalists to fight transparency ‐ MSNBC’s Trump-bruised Joe Scarborough said declassifying documents is what an "autocrat" does ‐ it matches the talking points of those inside the agencies who worry about their activities being exposed. With the implosion of the Russia collusion theory, neither the sources nor their compliant journalist buddies who promised "bombshell" after "bombshell" are covered in glory.
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Behind the FBI's witch-hunt targeting Donald Trump
2019-05-22
[Washington Times] In the burgeoning controversy about the FBI investigation of Donald Trump, one thing is clear: The decision by Andrew McCabe as acting FBI director to open a counterintelligence probe targeting Mr. Trump after he fired FBI Director James Comey was based on false pretenses.

In his book "The Threat," Mr. McCabe says he opened that investigation and urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel based almost entirely on Mr. Trump’s comment to NBC’s Lester Holt that he thought about "this Russia thing" when he decided to fire Jim Comey as FBI director in May 2017.

Mr. McCabe interpreted those meandering words to mean that Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey because the director was pursuing the ongoing FBI investigation into interference in the election and Mr. Trump wanted to stop it. But as noted in my book "The Trump White House," Mr. Trump went on to say twice to Mr. Holt that he recognized that by firing Mr. Comey, he was probably prolonging the investigation and that he wanted it "to be absolutely done properly." It was the exact opposite of attempting to obstruct an investigation.

If Mr. McCabe had cited the rest of what Mr. Trump said, he would have exposed as baseless his own rationale for starting an investigation of Mr. Trump. But Mr. McCabe did not. Instead, in his book Mr. McCabe deliberately and dishonestly omitted the rest of what Mr. Trump said to Mr. Holt about his dismissal of Mr. Comey probably lengthening the Russia investigation.

Mr. McCabe went on to cite parenthetically the fact that in a "demeaning and dismissive way," Mr. Trump had referred to the ongoing FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election ‐ which included the possibility of collusion by the campaign ‐ as a "witch-hunt." So now defending yourself is reason to open an investigation that could lead to criminal charges against you.
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-Land of the Free
Rod Rosenstein tears into James Comey by calling him a 'partisan pundit' who 'deserved' to be fired' and slams the former FBI director for 'selling books and earning speaking fees while speculating about the fate of my immortal soul'
2019-05-14
[MAIL] In his remarks on Monday, Rosenstein defended his actions while taking aim at Comey, who recently said that the former deputy attorney general’s soul had been ‘eaten’ by Trump.

‘Now the former director seems to be acting as a partisan pundit, selling books and earning speaking fees while speculating about the strength of my character and the fate of my immortal soul,’ Rosenstein said.

‘I kid you not. That is disappointing.’

Rosenstein delivered his speech to some 1,000 people at the annual Greater Baltimore Committee dinner, according to CNN.

He insisted that his decisions were not driven by partisan politics but by the rule of law.

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