Who Leaked on Rod? (Hint: No Friend of Trump’s)

By | 2018-09-22T16:27:16+00:00 September 22nd, 2018|
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Recent articles in the New York Times and Washington Post cite anonymous sources who, claiming familiarity with the incidents and/or former FBI official Andrew McCabe’s contemporaneous memos, allege that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wanted to wear a wire and advised others to record the president secretly; and to solicit support from cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president.

In two separate statements, Rosenstein denied the seditious charges:

The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect. I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda. But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.

Then, despite his promise, he commented again:

I never pursued or authorized recording the president, and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the president is absolutely false.

Rosenstein’s defenders claim the “wire” remark was a sarcastic response to then-deputy FBI director McCabe; and that there exists no evidence Rosenstein pursued the wire or the 25th Amendment strategy.

In a related denial, one of McCabe’s attorney’s, Michael Bromwich, said his client has “no knowledge” of who leaked the memos; noted the memos have been provided to special counsel Robert Mueller’s office; and asserted the “memos memorialize significant discussions [McCabe] had with high-level officials and preserved them so he would have an accurate, contemporaneous record of those discussions.”

Thus, in the curious case of who leaked on Rod, it is wise to follow the Latin legal maxim cui bono (“who benefits”). True, it is likely we will never know with certainty the identity of the leaker(s); nonetheless, it is possible to assess the most pressing question: what interests are served from sacking Rosenstein?

The media elitists would have us believe Trump supporters are conceivably the leakers. Why? So Trump has a pretext to fire Rosenstein (and, perhaps, Attorney General Jeff Sessions). Of course, it’s ludicrous to deem sedition a “pretext” for firing a presidential appointee. Equally, this theory is silly for the very reasons one can plainly see the leaker(s)’ multi-layered scam is designed to damage both Rosenstein and, more importantly, President Trump.

First, the leak is rooted in the lie that President Trump is an unstable scoundrel unfit to serve in office. Note how this lie is unquestioned by the newspapers breaking this “bombshell,” both of which have been fecklessly disseminating the 25th Amendment canard. In this instance, it is the allegedly seditious Rosenstein who seeks to take matters into his own hands to prove it; and to enlist the aid of others to act upon it. If leaked by the president’s supporters, this would not be the context in which Rosenstein’s alleged conduct would be described, and these would not be the outlets trusted to carry the leak.

Second, within the organic logic of the leak, Rosenstein is not portrayed as seditious. In fact, he is a patriot who unfortunately seemed to crack under the stress of being involved in the firing of the Left’s new secular patron saint of the FBI, James Comey. In sad consequence, then, Rosenstein ultimately failed to follow through in helping rid the republic of Trump. The key to this aspect of the leak is not that Rosenstein is weak. The key is its treatment of Comey as a martyr. Again, the president’s supporters would not claim this in any way, shape or form. Who would? The miscreants who want to breathe new life into the myth there is an obstruction of justice claim against the president for firing Comey.

By taking the leaker(s)’ bait and firing Rosenstein, the elitist media would have another bacchanalia of fake news regarding obstruction of justice; and it could very well provide a new rationalization for the special counsel to harry this president and his administration regarding this bogus charge.

Note, as well, the timing of this leak. Ironically, the leak is claimed to give anonymous credence to the premise of Bob Woodward’s new book Fear, specifically, an unstable chief executive needing a 25th Amendment intervention. Further, the leak constitutes an unwarranted and unwanted distraction for the President and Senate Republicans from Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

And, speaking of delaying tactics, firing Rosenstein and the accompanying elitist media kerfuffle would quite likely delay the president’s recently announced declassification and release of the “Spygate” documents—which, the president has said he wants done speedily.

It is this last matter which most evinces that the leaker(s) are enemies of Trump and aren’t very fond of Rosenstein either. The greatest fear of the lawless architects Spygate’s abuses of power is this declassification and release of said documents. The cabal’s vain hope is that such release can be delayed long enough for a newly elected Democratic majority that would embolden their Obama holdover allies in the administration to frustrate these documents release until President Trump can be impeached.

No, it won’t work. And I’d be happy to tell them that, except they’re anonymous. Well, maybe not for long.

The best counsel to the president would be to disregard anonymous fake news, stay the course, and keep attacking on all fronts to make America great again.

He’s going to anyway.

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About the Author:

Thaddeus G. McCotter
The Hon. Thaddeus McCotter is the former chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee, current itinerant guitarist, American Greatness contributor, and Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show."