In an insightful Twitter thread Tuesday, lawyer Robert Barnes explained why he believes Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein usurped the power of his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ultimately granted special counsel Robert Mueller “secret authorization,” to go after former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
“Thread: Legal analysis on problems w/ Rosenstein’s purported “authorization” of #Mueller to investigate matters outside the time frame & subject matter of the 2016 campaign. Upshot: Rosenstein usurped Sessions’s power & gave secret authorization to Mueller to witch-hunt Manafort,” Barnes begin.
Thread: Legal analysis on problems w/ Rosenstein's purported "authorization" of #Mueller to investigate matters outside the time frame & subject matter of the 2016 campaign. Upshot: Rosenstein usurped Sessions's power & gave secret authorization to Mueller to witch-hunt Manafort. pic.twitter.com/dnAJx45KA9
— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) April 3, 2018
“Problem 1: Rosenstein was “acting attorney general” only on matters Sessions had recused himself. Sessions only recused himself from DOJ investigations of 2016 campaign. Yet, Rosenstein claimed to authorize Mueller to investigate matters dating back to 2006 & ending before 2016,” Barnes noted.
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