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Rod Rosenstein the lovebird leaker. Senate impeachment circus begins (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 438.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the beginning of the impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate. Will we get a fair and real trial. will we see Hunter Biden testify, or will the Republican in the U.S. Senate move to dismiss impeachment process and end the Pelosi charade.

Meanwhile, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has admitted to giving the text messages of FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page to the press in 2017.

The messages between the Strzok and Page, exchanged in 2016 while both were involved in political probes, revealed their hatred to candidate Donald Trump and loyalty to Hillary Clinton. Rosenstein’s admission came in a Friday court filing by the Department of Justice, which is seeking to dismiss Strzok’s lawsuit challenging his June 2016 firing.

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Via Zerohedge…

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein authorized the release to the media of text messages between ‘FBI lovebirds’ Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, many of which revealed deep animus towards then-candidate Donald Trump while they were investigating him during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to Politico.

In a Friday night court filing submitted shortly before midnight, Rosenstein says he made the decision to protect Strzok and Page from the damaging effects of lawmakers and others releasing the texts for use as political ammunition.

In the messagesStrzok and Page regularly disparaged Trump and appeared to seek to reassure each other he could not be elected. Both called Trump an “idiot” and said Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton deserved to win.

The texts also included murky discussions of an “insurance policy” to guard against Trump’s election. Trump backers have interpreted the reference as a plan to use the then-ongoing investigation into ties between Trump advisers and Russia as way to prevent him from taking office or undermine his presidency, but Strzok and Page have denied any such intent. –Politico

Lisa Page – who sued the DOJ and FBI in December over the release, appears to be pissed.

Strzok has separately sued the agencies as well – for which Rosenstein’s admission was submitted as part of the government’s defense. The former DAG says that public disclosure of the texts was inevitable in connection with testimony he was set to give the next day in front of the House Judiciary Committee.

“With the express understanding that it would not violate the Privacy Act and that the text messages would become public by the next day in any event, I authorized [Justice’s Office of Public Affairs] to disclose to the news media the text messages that were being disclosed to Congressional committees,” wrote Rosenstein.

In November, the Justice Department asked U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to throw out Strzok’s suit, which challenges both his firing from the FBI and the release of the texts. However, Strzok’s attorneys countered in a court filing last month that one reason to allow the suit to proceed was that Justice Department was being vague about just who made the final call to give the messages.

Arguing that an air of mystery continued to surround the disclosure, Strzok lawyer Aitan Goelman called “revealing” Justice’s decision to seek dismissal of the suit without identifying the responsible official.

“An agency cannot avoid Privacy Act liability for a disclosure actually made for an improper purpose by eliciting a sanitized after-the-fact rationale from an official who does not have all of the facts,” Goelman wrote. –Politico

According to Rosenstein, his aides originally suggested that he should delay sending the texts to Congress until after his testimony in front of the House, however he thought it would be “inappropriate” to do so for that reason. He also said he decided to give them to the media prior to his testimony over concerns that they would be cherrypicked and weaponized.

“The Department’s Office of Public Affairs … recommended providing the text messages to the media because otherwise, some congressional members and staff were expected to release them intermittently before, during and after the hearing, exacerbating the adverse publicity for Mr. Strzok, Ms. Page and the Department,” wrote Rosenstein. “Providing the most egregious messages in one package would avoid the additional harm of prolonged selective disclosures and minimize the appearance of the Department concealing information that was embarrassing to the FBI.”

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January 21, 2020

If the American people were truly “woke,” they would be out in the streets demanding that the entire US government resign. There’s not a single honest person in this corrupt swamp. But instead, Americans are obsessed with individual identities and bogus victims. This is a doomed nation.

Reply to  Janet
January 21, 2020

Yep the Dems & Repubs, two different sides of the same utterly corrupt and psychopathic coin.

January 21, 2020

the mainstream media narrative will be that not having a trail is blatant a cover-up of Trumps corruption, and that will be broadly accepted.

Reply to  oldandjaded
January 21, 2020

Probably but I suspect most people will be cynical enough about Washington to say ‘so what they’re all corrupt and as bad as each other’. Most people vote for the lesser of evils if they bother to vote at all. Personally I’m bored to death of this farce and I’ve been subjected to a fraction of the tedious nonsense Americans must have thrown at them

Reply to  ManintheMoon
January 22, 2020

Great, right, so we’ll just disengage, that’ll REALLY hurt their feelings when we all say “f^7% this, I’m not voting”. Yea, that’ll teach the supra-national corporate power structure, I can see them all weeping in their martini’s at Bilderberg 2020…

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
January 22, 2020

This discussion brought two things to mind: “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” (Sir Walter Scott, 1808), and Shakespeare’s Much ado about nothing. A lot of excitement about something that is not really important, in true Monty Python style.

Reply to  Smoking Eagle
January 22, 2020

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