May 26, 2022

America’s longest serving Senator just issued a bold warning Trump cannot ignore

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The longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate today put Donald Trump on notice that if he fires Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or any other official as a way to slow down or stop the Special Counsel’s probe, the president will face severe legal consequences.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Senior Democratic Senator from Vermont, was responding to reports that President Trump has quietly asked his allies to go on TV news shows and find ways to undermine Rosenstein without making it look like Trump is trying to interfere in Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump campaign collusion with the Russians and related matters

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“Allies of Trump in recent days have gone on an offensive against Rosenstein since the FBI on Monday raided the offices, residence and hotel room of the president’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen,” reports The Hill, citing The Wall St. Journal as a source.

“The raid, which Rosenstein reportedly approved,” continues The Hill, “deeply angered Trump given his close relationship with his attorney.”

On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted that his supporters should watch the Hannity show on Fox News, where non-journalist and uber-Trump supporters Sean Hannity called for Rosenstein to be fire

Democrats like Leahy are adamant that if Trump fires Rosenstein and then Mueller it will precipitate a constitutional crisis that could lead to his impeachment, although with Republicans in control of Congress that is no sure thing.

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Meanwhile, Trump’s allies are nipping at Rosenstein where ever possible.

Another big Trump booster, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chair of the alt-right Tea Party favorite Freedom Caucus, a group of the most conservative members of the House, has been attacking Rosenstein for failing to promptly send Justice Department documents they are seeking for Congressional investigations.

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Meadows this week said if Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein won’t deliver the documents quickly, “let’s find two who will.”

That line of attack sidesteps the question of Rosenstein’s role in hiring and overseeing Mueller but ignores the fact that if Trump does fire him, the majority of Americans will immediately recognize it as a move toward getting rid of Mueller and his probe.

Meadows attack may also have lost some credibility because in the last day Rosenstein has given access to documents that led to the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia.

Rep. Devon Nunes (R-Ca.) had threatened to hold Rosenstein in contempt and to possibly impeach him if he didn’t meet their demands for documents.

Nunes and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) were at the Justice Department on Wednesday where they viewed electronic forms of the documents and were given access to another thousand pages of classified material.

Nunes made a statement afterward thanking Rosenstein for cooperating.
Other Republicans have warned Trump not to fire Rosenstein because it could create other legal problems and would become an issue Democrats could use to hurt incumbent Republicans in the primaries and November election.
That is all true but Trump is known for being impulsive and bull headed so as the heat from the investigation rises, and others close to Trump are caught in Mueller’s net, the president may yet go after Rosenstein.
According to reports, Rosenstein is stoic about the possibility he will be fired, and in private conversations has used the phrase “Here I stand,” referring to Martin Luther King’s quote, “Here I stand, I can do no other.”
Veterans like Sen. Leahy are not going to be fooled by Trump surrogates complaining about Rosenstein not doing this or that, nor will most Americans, so how this all plays out is yet to be seen.
Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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