Rosenstein’s Reassurance, McCabe Might be Charged, Cohen Concedes, Comey's Comments Might be Made Public

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein informed the President that he is not a target of any part of Special Counsel Robert Muller's investigation.  After a meeting with Rosenstien at the White House last week, Trump told some of his advisors that it was "not the right time to remove either Muller or Rosenstein since he is not a target of the probe". This statement comes after weeks of criticism from House Republicans about Rosenstein being slow to comply with requests for classified documents.  

The inspector general from the Justice Department referred findings on former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe to the US attorney's office for possible criminal charges. These charges are said to include anything associated with lying to internal investigators. The charges are not so much concerned with non-classified information McCabe may have leaked but rather any lie, or misinformation he may have told to the federal investigators. 

Micheal Cohen today announced he was dropping libel lawsuits he had against against BuzzFeed and Fusion GPS, a private investigation firm. Cohen is allegedly dropping lawsuits as his fight to recover documents taken by the F.B.I. in a raid of his hotel and office earlier this month. Back in January in 2017 Buzzfeed published the dossier, which was commissioned by Fusion GPS. the dossier was compiled by Christopher Steele and has since become a focus of the congressional investigation whether Russia interfered with the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. The dossier claims that  Cohen met with Russian operatives somewhere in Europe in attempts to “clean up the mess” created by public disclosures of other Trump associates’ reported ties to Russia. When discussing the lawsuits, Cohen's attorney David Schwartz issued a statement saying; "The decision to voluntarily discontinue these cases was a difficult one...We believe the defendants defamed my client, and vindicating Mr. Cohen’s rights was — and still remains — important. But given the events that have unfolded, and the time, attention, and resources needed to prosecute these matters, we have dismissed the matters, despite their merits". Why would Cohen be dropping these suits now? Not being involved in on going lawsuits may make it easier for Cohen to avoid being questioned by lawyers or handing over evidence involved in the case. 

Congress today was granted access to the memos written by James Comey. While working with the President, Comey kept detailed notes and memos of their conversations. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte indicated that he might issue a subpoena to the Justice Department demanding those memos as early as this week. Allowing Comey's memos to be viewed by Congress would escalate the investigation being done by the FBI on the 2016 election. According to House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy there is nothing in the memos that should prevent the Justice Department from providing them to Congress, and that access should be granted to Congress as part of their oversight role.