May 28, 2019.
Rod J. Rosenstein may turn out to have been the most dangerous man in America—if not that, by the time the dust settles, We the People would have found that, as Deputy Attorney General of the United States, he could either do great good or cause irreparable harm to American Democracy.
No, Rosenstein did not order the wholesale rounding up and interment—on the basis of race—of a particular segment of our society (although incidents of this nature did take place under his watch); there was more subtlety to the way he operated.
Whoever sees Rod J. Rosenstein as a less-biased Republican than, say, William Barr, whom he was working under for a time, is mistaken.
How did Rosenstein succeed in subverting the American “judicial” system during the Special Investigation into the possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign—during the 2016 presidential election—and when it came to the subsequent obstruction of justice brought about by the necessity to hide said collusion? He succeeded because, unlike several other of “the president’s men,” Rosenstein knew how to stay away from the spotlight.
While the American media and the public were focused on the collusion problem itself, Rosenstein went in search of the best candidate he could find whose employment could put an end to the collusion rumors assailing the then president.
Rosenstein needed a man who, at least up-to-that-point, had an impeccable record of service to our nation; a man who espoused an idea the fruition of which would ensure that the criminal Rosenstein sought to protect would come out unscathed after the Special Investigation he would be leading had run its pricy course.
Rosenstein chose Robert Mueller to be that special prosecutor.
Rosenstein did not choose Mueller just because of the latter’s standing in our nation (because of his military record and his work as FBI director, or as a lawyer). He chose Mueller in particular because of the latter’s misguided “conviction” that a sitting US president cannot be indicted—regardless of what crime said person may have committed.
By appointing a biased special prosecutor, one who would go on to look at the record with his mind already made up about what he would find—what the result of his investigation would be—Rosenstein, in effect, absolved the president of any wrongdoing even before the investigation into said wrongdoing began.
If some of us Americans had stubbornly held to the hope that the outcome of Mueller’s investigation would, not just shed some light on what had actually happened prior to, during, and in the aftermath of, the 2016 presidential election, but also point fingers at the culprits (if any), all we needed to do was read the first few pages of the final report Mueller sent to his Republican buddies—for he did not even have the decency to make the report available to We The People—who paid for his investigation. Of course, it is understandable that people of Rosenstein’s, Mueller’s, and Barr’s ilk (to prevent the widest dissemination of the findings of the investigation) would hide behind the very laws they seek to subvert).
Early in his report, Mueller asserts something to the fact that, since he (Muller himself) does not think a sitting president should be impeached, he would not even look at any crime the president may have committed!
In other words, the American people wasted tens of millions of dollars on an investigation whose conclusion had been predetermined. By appointing Mueller, who he knew would go into the investigation with his mind already made up about what he would, and would not, “find,” Rod J. Rosenstein preemptively determined that the president neither coordinated with the Russians nor obstructed justice to keep said coordination under wraps.
Rosenstein did it all in front of our eyes—so to speak. In numerous occasions, we saw him go into the white house (where—and any reasonable person could arrive at this conclusion—he himself went to coordinate with the president—his ultimate boss).
With the special investigation concluded, Rosenstein then worked behind the scenes with his new, and third, boss (William Barr) to keep the United States Congress—and thereby the American people—in the dark regarding whatever facts Mueller may have unearthed which would have been prejudicial to the president.
Appointing Robert Mueller as head of the Special Investigation was a masterstroke on Rod J. Rosenstein’s part; his cleverest move in his mission to unlawfully exonerate a criminal president while at the same time making the whole process appear beyond reproach.
Now Rosenstein gets to go quietly into the night—his detestable mission accomplished.