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Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:03 PM

2fer: ROSENSTEIN was always a weasel; and, loyalty oath to SHITLER or Yer Burnt!1

Bombshell Report Says Rod Rosenstein Played Key Role in Killing Criminal Case Against Walmart

After a two-year criminal investigation into Walmart allegedly revealed a widespread practice of dispensing opioids without a legitimate medical purpose, federal prosecutors in Texas were preparing to take the unprecedented step of leveling criminal charges against the world’s largest company. But after a 2018 meeting with top Trump appointees at the Department of Justice, led by then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the prosecutors were first prevented from filing criminal charges, then prevented from pursuing a civil case against company, ProPublica reported Wednesday. ….

After getting the DEA’s acting administrator Uttam Dhillon on board, the prosecutors met with Rosenstein and several other top-level Trump administration appointees at the Department of Justice in Washington.

Joe Brown, then the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, and his team again presented the evidence, explaining that Walmart’s business practice was “akin to dealing heroin”; they implored Rosenstein not to allow it to go on. ….

Siding with the prosecutors, Dhillon said fining Walmart was pointless because the company “has more money than it knows what to do with.”

“Not that there’s anything wrong with that,” Rosenstein responded, five people familiar with the investigation told ProPublica. “We are all capitalists here.”

That same month, President Donald Trump signed legislation specifically aimed at combatting America’s opioid epidemic. A civil case against Walmart was also halted by Trump appointees in the DOJ leading Brown to resign in protest. ....

White House abruptly transfers DHS official amid loyalty purge

The White House removed a top public affairs official at the Department of Homeland Security in a move that shocked many in the department as it takes a lead role in handling the coronavirus pandemic, according to two former senior DHS officials familiar with the matter.

Heather Swift, who was DHS’s deputy assistant secretary of public affairs, was abruptly pushed out of her position on Friday after the Presidential Personnel Office raised questions about her loyalty to President Donald Trump, said one of the former DHS officials.

The personnel office may have discovered some old social media postings that officials there did not like, this person said, though POLITICO was unable to find any examples of posts the Trump administration might find objectionable.

Swift, who has not yet left the department, is moving to a top communications job at the National Endowment for the Arts, a detour well outside the administration’s power corridors.


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