Hillary Clinton Should Be Afraid — Very Afraid

Award-winning novelist Roger Simon reckons that with “the advent of “Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general, a name not well known by many until now,” Hillary Clinton has every reason to be scared stiff.

That’s because “her position in the world” has changed “drastically.”

Rosenstein was the guy who wrote the ‘Memorandum to the Attorney General’ on the subject of ‘Restoring Public Confidence in the FBI,’ the contents of which are probably what spurred “Donald Trump to take an action he was hesitant to do, but probably should have done, on taking office — firing FBI director James Comey before the reputation of the FBI was even more tarnished than it was.”

From the deputy AG’s memorandum:

The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5, 2016 and announce his conclusion that the [Clinton email] case should be closed without prosecution. It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement. At most, the Director should have said the FBI had completed its investigation and presented its findings to federal prosecutors. The Director now defends his decision by asserting he believed Attorney General Loretta Lynch had a conflict. But the FBI Director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department. There is a well-established process for other officials to step in when a conflict requires the recusal of the Attorney General. On July 5, however, the Director announced his views on the nation’s most sensitive criminal investigation, without the authorization of duly appointed Justice Department leaders.

The memorandum, by the way, “besides being an impressive brief for the firing of James Comey, it also appears to open the door for something else, for that ‘well-established process for other officials to step in’ to lead to something yet more dramatic — the renewed investigation of Hillary Clinton.”