Refusing to obey a Congressional subpoena is obstruction of justice and the DOJ should stop pretending they’re allowed to do that.
In response to a Congressional subpoena, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the Department of Justice went into propagana overdrive agains the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The mainstream media was quite willing to amplify all his talking points, including the claim that the Trump White House backed the DOJ.
Turns out: that was more fake news.
The Federalist reports, “White House Rejects Reports That Trump Backs DOJ Obstruction Of House Intel Subpoena.”
The White House does not support ongoing Department of Justice (DOJ) efforts to obstruct a congressional inquiry into the agency’s activities before and after the 2016 election, multiple White House and congressional officials told The Federalist. The independent accounts of these officials contradict news reports last week that the White House and DOJ were aligned against Congress in the matter.
Following the issuance of a subpoena by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), the Justice Department started waging a fierce public relations war in response, with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein characterizing the congressional inquiry as “extortion.” Last week, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump backed DOJ’s refusal to comply with a subpoena for information related to a key source involved in multiple investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
“Top White House officials, with the assent of President Trump, agreed to back the decision to withhold the information [listed in the subpoena],” the Washington Post claimed.[…]
Multiple congressional and White House officials, however, categorically denied reports that the White House had backed DOJ’s efforts to conceal information subpoenaed by Congress.
“No one at the White House has told the Department of Justice or any other agency to refuse to comply with a Congressional subpoena,” a senior White House official told The Federalist.
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