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Here’s how Rod Rosenstein may have broken the rules to interfere in the Mueller probe over the BuzzFeed debacle

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may have broken Special Counsel regulations by getting involved in the response to the bombshell BuzzFeed report which alleged that President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, lied to Congress at his boss’ behest, writes national security expert and blogger Marcy Wheeler.

In a lengthy Washington Post report based on anonymous sources which undermines the main premise of the BuzzFeed report,

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The Post sources its report to “two people familiar with the matter” who spoke “on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.”

In the Post report, we learn that “in the advanced stages of those talks, the deputy attorney general’s office called to inquire if the special counsel planned any kind of response, and was informed a statement was being prepared.”

As Wheeler notes, the rules governing the Mueller investigation say his team office shall not be subject to day-to-day supervision of any official—that includes Rosenstein.

The only thing that the attorney general or a deputy “may request” is that “the Special Counsel provide an explanation for any investigative or prosecutorial step.”

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Replying to a BuzzFeed story is not “investigative or prosecutorial step,” Wheeler notes.

“It should set off all sorts of alarm bells that as soon as a media report states what has long been clear — that Trump suborned perjury — Mueller’s office is getting calls about how to respond to the press,” Wheeler notes. “Whichever side is correct (again, I believe WaPo has just one part of this story), that Rosenstein (or Whitaker) got involved seems to be far more important.”


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Trump encourages China to take advantage of Jay Powell and Fed: They ‘don’t have a clue’

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President Donald Trump launched a new attack against his own Federal Reserve chairman in a pair of Monday morning tweets.

The president has been publicly pressuring Fed chairman Jerome Powell to lower interest rates in hopes of staving off a recession, but the Trump appointee has so far resisted his calls.

"Producer prices in China shrank most in 3 years due to China’s big devaluation of their currency, coupled with monetary stimulus," Trump tweeted. "Federal Reserve not watching? Will Fed ever get into the game? Dollar strongest EVER! Really bad for exports. No Inflation...Highest Interest Rates..."

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Internet pummels Trump for frantic demand to investigate Obama instead: ‘This is not the tweet of an innocent man’

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President Donald Trump jealously raged against Barack Obama's post-presidency business deals, which includes a production agreement with Netflix -- and other social media users ridiculed his apparent envy.

Trump questioned that deal and others in a pair of tweets complaining about an impeachment inquiry launched against him last week by the House Judiciary Committee, and he suggested Congress look at Obama's business since he left the White House.

....work that way. I have a better idea. Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal. Then look at all the deals made by the Dems in Congress, the “Congressional Slush Fund,” and lastly the IG Reports. Take a look at them. Those investigations would be over FAST!

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Is the Trump administration squelching a whistleblower — and a major scandal?

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America's system of government has always worked on the honor system. With so few Senate-confirmed Cabinet and federal agency heads, and so many “acting” officials working in the Trump administration, people who are constantly forced to audition for permanent positions are now under tremendous pressure to protect a president hellbent on breaking every norm of good governance. Now a new possible political scandal could be brewing in the Trump administration that tests the loyalty of these “acting” officials — pitting their allegiance to the nation against their desire to impress their boss.

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