Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is certainly considered to be one of the main figureheads of the Deep State. But could he have been set up by the shadow government that he has served so faithfully?
Jeff Carlson is a former analyst and portfolio manager who usually discusses economics at his blog, The Markets Work. However, when Rosenstein appeared before the House Judiciary Committee last month, Carlson was watching along with the rest of us. In an exchange with Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz regarding the FBI’s application for a surveillance warrant of Trump campaign associate Carter Page from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Carlson thought he saw something that would be a blockbuster:
“The public information on the Carter Page FISA Application does not match the briefing Rosenstein received prior to signing the renewal,” Carlson wrote. “This is a highly significant revelation.”
Carlson would later back up why he thought this in a later postregarding the exchange.
Here’s what Carlson thought was telling section of Gaetz’ questioning of Rosenstein:
Rep. Gaetz: “Did you read the FISA application before you signed it?”
Deputy AG Rosenstein: “I won’t comment about any FISA application.”
Rep. Gaetz: “You won’t say to the committee whether or not you read the document you signed that authorized spying on people associated with the Trump campaign.”
Deputy AG Rosenstein: “I dispute your characterization of what that FISA is about, sir.” (Emphasis is Carlson’s.)
And then Rosenstein said something that disquieted Carlson:
“My responsibility at that time was to approve the filing of FISA applications. Because only three people in the department are authorized to be the final sign off: the Attorney General, the Deputy, and the Assistant Attorney General for national security, which at the time, the position was vacant.
“We sit down with a team of attorneys from the Department of Justice. All of whom review that and provide a briefing for us for what’s in it. And I’ve reviewed that one in some detail, and I can tell you the information that’s public about that doesn’t match with my understanding of the one that I signed, but I think it’s appropriate to let the Inspector General complete that investigation. These are serious allegations. I don’t do the investigation — I’m not the affiant. I’m reviewing the finished product, sir.” (Emphasis, again, all Carlson’s.)
Source: Western Journal