I was pleased to read Michael Goodwin's article today--Piecing together the ‘phony’ case against Michael Flynn--and to see that he devoted the last part of a fine article to the important issue of Barr's unfinished business with Rosenstein. I assume that Rosenstein is cooperating, having turned on those he enabled in the first place. Goodwin nicely summarizes the effects of Rosenstein's perfidy:
Barr also must resolve the conduct of former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. When former AG Jeff Sessions recused himself, Rosenstein took over the Russia probe and appointed Mueller as special counsel.
A highly questionable move then, it now looks far more sinister, given the misconduct by Mueller’s team on the Flynn case and other issues.
Moreover, Rosenstein himself was involved in the FISA court abuse, having signed an extension of the Page warrant without admitting that the FBI failed to verify the Steele dossier or that Clinton’s campaign commissioned it.
Any of these was sufficient reason to pull the plug on Mueller by early 2018. Yet Rosenstein allowed the probe to continue into 2019.
The impact was enormous. It is possible, for example, that Dems would not have taken the House if voters knew by the fall of 2018 that the collusion charge was false.
In that case, Nancy Pelosi would not have become Speaker and Schiff would not have had the power to conceal the 2017 testimonies.
￼Flynn would not have lost two more years of his life and there would have been no phony Ukraine impeachment last year. In short, America would have been a very different place politically.
So as the hunt for pieces of the puzzle continues, add Rosenstein to the list of those who have some serious explaining to do.