US Deputy Attorney General shielded case should president shut Mueller investigation down
Evidence has emerged that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ordered the Michael Cohen case to be transferred to New York in a bid to protect the witch hunt against the president should Trump have the Mueller investigation shut down.
Earlier this year, Rosenstein gave the order to turn over the Cohen case to attorneys in the Southern District of New York.
With a priority to keep the anti-Trump witch hunt momentum in full swing, Deputy AG Rosenstein ordered Trump-appointed US attorney Geoffrey Berman to recuse himself from Cohen case, paving the way for Democrat remnants of anti-Trump Preet Bharara pursue the litigation.
The 4th FISA court request to spy on President Trump was signed by Rosenstein, despite knowing it was based on the Fusion-GPS dossier, a Democrat-funded research project that was never verified.
Geoffrey Berman was not involved in the decision to raid Cohen’s residence.
Rosenstein approved Mueller’s referral to Geoffrey Berman on Monday, April 9th. Rosenstein ordered raids on Cohen’s residence the following day.
It is not clear why or when Berman recused himself from the investigation.
Wired Sources claims that Rosenstein ordered Berman to recuse himself.
JUST IN: Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein ordered Trump-appointed US attorney Geoffrey Berman to recuse himself from Michael Cohen case, letting Democrat holdovers of anti-Trump Preet Bharara pursue the case – NYP
— Wired Sources (@WiredSources) August 26, 2018
Wired Sources got this information from a New York Post article by Michael Goodwin.
“The US attorney Trump appointed for that outpost, Geoffrey Berman, reportedly was ordered to recuse himself by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, leaving the office staffed mostly by holdovers from Preet Bharara’s tenure.”
Bloomberg reported on the latest tactics to get Trump in the Southern District of New York.
Bloomberg reports: Khuzami was put in charge of the Cohen investigation after the U.S. attorney who Trump appointed to lead the office, Geoffrey Berman, recused himself.
It’s unclear why Berman did so, but he previously worked in the law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP, which also employed Rudy Giuliani, a top Trump campaign supporter who’s now his personal lawyer.
Berman was appointed by Trump after the president fired prosecutor Preet Bharara in March 2017.
Bharara, who was appointed by President Barack Obama and won fame for prosecuting insider-trading cases, has become a scathing critic of Trump on social media and a podcast…
…And while New York prosecutors are required to notify the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section if they want to pursue election fraud cases, there haven’t been any signs of tension between the office and Justice Department headquarters with regard to the Cohen investigation, the person said.
Rosenstein made the decision to give the Cohen case to SDNY following a referral from Mueller.
That also ensured the investigation could continue even if Trump somehow managed to fire the special counsel, a politically dangerous move that many Republicans have warned the president to avoid.