With everything going on, we wouldn't blame you if you didn't realize that Rod Rosenstein is testifying to the Senate today.
In fact, his bombshell testimony has been largely overshadowed in the media by the civil unrest in the wake of George Floyd's death.
However, after 3 years of Russia-Russia-Russia investigations, it's important that we finally get to the bottom of how it started.
During his testimony, Rosenstein claimed that he would NOT have signed the FISA warrant if he had known about the misconduct surrounding the warrants.
Rosenstein appeared to deflect responsibility and blamed the FBI instead.
More details on Rosenstein's unfolding testimony below:
Many observers have noted that Rod Rosenstein's voice was shaky during his testimony.
He also admitted that there was NO proof whatsover of alleged Trump-Russia collusion.
Fox News confirms that Rosenstein claims he would have never signed the FISA warrant had he known the full circumstance:
Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified Wednesday that he would not have signed a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant renewal for former Trump campaign aide Carter Page had he known about the since-revealed misconduct surrounding those warrants -- while faulting the FBI for its handling of the documents.
Rosenstein confirmed that he signed a FISA warrant renewal application for Page during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as the first witness to testify as part of the panel’s fresh investigation into the origins of the Russia probe.
"If you knew then what you know now, would you have signed the application?" committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked Rosenstein.
"No, I would not," Rosenstein said.
Rosenstein, in his opening statement, defended his own actions related to the FISA warrant, saying that “every application I approved appeared to be justified based on the facts it alleged.” Rosenstein implicitly pointed the finger at the FBI for since-revealed problems in that process.
“The FBI was supposed to be following protocols to ensure that every fact was verified,” Rosenstein said, going on to cite Justice Department inspector general findings last year revealing that the FBI actually “was not following the written protocols, and that ‘significant errors’ appeared in applications filed in connection with the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”
Rosenstein repeatedly claimed to be unaware of details that have since been used by critics to raise questions about the probe. Rosenstein said he "obviously didn’t know there was exculpatory evidence" with regard to the origins of the Russia investigation, including details about Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos.
Rosenstein also noted that “one of the most important matters” during his time at the Justice Department as deputy attorney general was the “investigation of Russian election influence schemes.”
He defended his handling of that process, including the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
With every new testimony, it appears the basis for the case to investigate President Trump unravels.
Will the media breathlessly cover these inconsistencies the same way they covered the investigations into Trump?
Democrats have accused Republicans of using these hearings to help President Trump's reelection odds.
The reality, however, is that the investigation into Trump has all the fingerprints of being a political witch hunt!
After 3 years, Robert Mueller never found any dirt on President Trump.
To some, it appeared that Mueller targeted associates of Trump so he could appease those who wanted to find dirt.
During his testimony, Rosenstein defended tapping Robert Mueller, the NY Post confirms:
The former deputy AG defended his decision to tap Mueller to lead the investigation into Trump, saying he was acting by the book after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself and FBI director James Comey was dismissed by the president.
“As a result of events that followed the departure of the FBI director, I was concerned that the public would not have confidence in the investigation and that the acting FBI director was not the right person to lead it,” Rosenstein said.
“I decided that appointing a special counsel was the best way to complete the investigation appropriately and promote public confidence in its conclusions,” he continued.
“As we now know, the eventual conclusions were that Russians committed crimes seeking to influence the election, and Americans did not conspire with them,” he said.
But Rosenstein said he would not have signed off on a FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page if he had known that there was no legitimate reason to believe Page was working with Russia, as Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found.
Democrats have accused Senate Republicans of using the hearings into the FBI Russia probe, known as Crossfire Hurricane, as a political fodder to bolster President Trump ahead of the November general election.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R. SC) on Wednesday shot down those allegations and said the Horowitz report found a “very major abuse of power” by the nation’s spy agencies.
“If you don’t like Trump, fine. This is not about liking Trump or not liking Trump, this is about us as a nation,” Graham said.
“We’re talking about the nominee for president on the Republican side, his campaign being under continual investigation,” he continued.
There has never been any proof to support the claims of corruption or collusion from the Trump administration.
It's time that the phony Russian hoax is FULLY exposed for the American people to see.
With so many eye-opening details from Rosenstein's testimony, it's no wonder the media would prefer to continue pushing their narrative around the riots.