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Red flags as Rosenstein makes ‘unusual’ move to butt in to Kavanaugh confirmation process

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made an “unusual” request to U.S. district attorneys, asking federal prosecutors to help review documents of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

In an email to 93 U.S. attorneys, Rosenstein asked for help with Kavanaugh’s papers, The New York Times reported.

More from The Times:

 Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, has asked federal prosecutors to help review the government documents of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, according to a letter obtained by The New York Times on Wednesday.

Mr. Rosenstein’s request was an unusual insertion of politics into federal law enforcement. While the Justice Department has helped work on previous Supreme Court nominations, department lawyers in Washington typically carry out that task, not prosecutors who pursue criminal investigations nationwide.


Citing “the scope” of the task, which includes a “large” number of executive branch documents, large,” Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said that federal prosecutors had been used to vet Supreme Court nominees in the past, the paper noted.

And while liberals have concerns that this is favorable to Trump, given what we now know about how political top officials can be in the DOJ and FBI, there could be more reasons to be skeptical of that possibility.

Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs took to Twitter to charge that Rosenstein was “slow rolling” the confirmation process.

“Rosenstein Slow Rolling and Politicizing Further Kavanaugh’s confirmation process, Asks Prosecutors to Help With Kavanaugh Papers in Unusual Request,” he tweeted.

Given the treatment President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, experienced under Rosenstein, South Carolina talk radio host Tara Servatius asked an appropriate question. In all caps.


In the end, “Deep State” skepticism was the order of the day on social media:

That and a recurring question: Where is Attorney General Jeff Sessions?

Tom Tillison


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