Ted Cruz Absolutely Takes Rod Rosenstein's Head off During Senate Testimony

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing examining issues facing prisons and jails during the coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Erin Scott/Pool via AP)


As I wrote earlier, Rod Rosenstein’s testimony is ongoing and clips are starting to come out and go viral. One such clip involves Ted Cruz, who absolutely took Rod Rosenstein’s head off, accusing him of either being complicit or grossly negligent. He lays out the case against the Obama administration and presses Rosenstein multiple times on why he allowed it to continue under his watch.

If you watch one clip from this testimony, it probably needs to be this one.

Rosenstein offers no good answers, again pleading his ignorance and dancing around the idea that he “reviewed” things but didn’t necessarily read them. Cruz continually comes back at him with all the veracity you’d expect from a seasoned lawyer. It gets to the point where it’s almost painful to watch.

Rosenstein hardly comes off as a sympathetic figure in any of this and Cruz makes sure to leave him no room to obfuscate. The laying out of just how corrupt the Obama administration was in its pursuit of all this is extremely compelling. While many reading this may know the details already, it’s still striking to hear it laid out on video in such a congruent manner.


But perhaps the most effective moment was when Cruz laid out how ludicrous the Logan Act is and presses Rosenstein on why he didn’t laugh such claims out of the room. Once again, no good answer was provided.

Of course, in the end, none of this will matter. It’s all simply for show, but that’s better than nothing I suppose. Perhaps Graham’s committee will write a strongly worded letter or a blistering report. But no punishment is coming for those who perpetrated this shame, if for no other reason than their corruption or incompetence likely didn’t break any actual laws. That’s perhaps a clue as to the kinds of reforms that need to take place regarding these agencies.




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