A former Department of Justice attorney says a powerful DOJ official is part of the "swamp" opposing Donald Trump but predicts he will remain in place.
"If the President were to get rid of Rod Rosenstein, [Robert] Mueller would expand his investigation to include obstruction of justice charges against the President," warns J. Christian Adams, who became an anti-Obama whistle blower at the DOJ.
Rosenstein (pictured above), who is currently deputy attorney general, was grilled by Republicans this week about growing evidence that the FBI protected Hillary Clinton last year, expecting her to be the new boss, but set up an "insurance policy" if Trump somehow defeated her.
Despite mounting evidence of anti-Trump bias by a team of pro-Clinton attorneys, Rosenstein has stood by special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller was appointed by Rosenstein to investigate claims of Russian collusion with Trump's presidential campaign, but there is a growing belief among Republicans on Capitol Hill that Democratic claims of "collusion" was the "insurance policy" cooked up by top FBI and DOJ officials.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, meanwhile, recused himself and remains in the background.
"It's clear that Rod Rosenstein is part of the swamp. He doesn't see anything wrong with what Mueller's doing," Adams observes. "It just shows you that Rosenstein is part of the problem. And when Jeff Sessions was recused from the case, it showed that people who simply don't get it surround themselves with Obama holdovers. They're a real problem."
Yet the claim of obstruction of justice would haunt Trump if Rosenstein is fired, says Adams, because the attorneys working for Mueller would manage to find legal arguments to claim Trump broke the law.
"There would be a political price to pay," he predicts, "and perhaps a cooked-up criminal one."
Another scenario for Trump and Sessions is for the attorney general to "un-recuse" himself, then end Mueller's investigation and turn his findings over to the inspector general, says attorney Abe Hamilton, who is general counsel and public policy analyst for the American Family Association.
Hamilton previously worked as an assistant district attorney in Dallas and New Orleans.
"If you do it in that way," Hamilton says, "it will enable you to undercut this drum beat for saying, Oh, well, you're obstructing justice by stopping this investigation."
It's obvious, meanwhile, that Rosenstein represents the "prior regime," meaning the Obama administration, Adams says.
Editor's note: Comments from attorney Abe Hamilton have been added to this story.
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