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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 02:22 AM

10. Am I reading too much into this? Does Whitiker/Rosenstein vet every article written

about Mueller's Investigation?!

"Inside the Mueller team’s decision to dispute BuzzFeed’s explosive story on Trump and Cohen"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/inside-the-mueller-teams-decision-to-dispute-buzzfeeds-explosive-story-on-trump-and-cohen/2019/01/19/d89dba5b-fa0f-445b-9fd3-72f0e911e28d_story.html?utm_term=.ccbd8dbaf70b

Important info in article not included in OP:

"Two people familiar with the matter said lawyers at the special counsel’s office discussed the statement internally, rather than conferring with Justice Department leaders, for much of the day. In the advanced stages of those talks, the deputy attorney general’s office called to inquire if the special counsel planned any kind of response, and was informed a statement was being prepared, the people said." (my bold)

So does this mean that the countless articles published by the media regarding the Mueller's team investigation are vetted by Rosenstein and/or DOJ? In other words, if inaccurate assertions are made in a story, then Rosenstein/DOJ tells Mueller's team to issue a public statement saying the story or parts of story are false? Correct me if I am wrong, but I find this hard to believe. So, I just find this a little strange. After all, there's been tons of speculation reported about the investigation without a peep out of Special Counsel's office...up until now.

Am I crazy to think the possibility exists that Whitiker "encouraged" Rosenstein to call Mueller's team to ensure a response/denial would be made public by the Special Counsel's Office, refuting BuzzFeed's reporting? (Of note: I remember Comey stating (before he was fired) in an open congressional hearing that some reporting about the investigation had not been accurate - but I don't remember him releasing a statement to the press saying any particular article was not accurate. In fact, I believe he made the point that he couldn't do that because then those stories he didn't refute would be taken as gospel, and he didn't want to set that precedent.)

With my tinfoil hat securely on my head, I do wonder if this unusual step (Rosenstein's office calling Mueller yesterday "to inquire if the special counsel planned any kind of a response" was because of the explosive effect this BuzzFeed bombshell story had and the amped up dialogue about impeachment? This Washington Post story implies that this Rosenstein phone call to Mueller wasn't preceded by earlier calls by Rosenstein asking Mueller if the story was accurate or not.

Furthermore, I don't believe that Rosenstein knew for a fact if the BuzzFeed story was false. After all, this article includes this paragraph below which states that after BuzzFeed's article was published, even Mueller's team "reviewed evidence to determine if there were any documents or witness interviews like those described" in the BuzzFeed article!!

"People familiar with the matter said after BuzzFeed published its story — which was attributed to “two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter” — the special counsel’s office reviewed evidence to determine if there were any documents or witness interviews like those described, reaching out to those they thought might have a stake in the case."

Of course, my overriding concern is that Whitiker wasn't trying to control the public surge/momentum of calls for articles of impeachment in the House.

Any thoughts?

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