Reports from various major media outlets have established that the DOJ has had a January 6th grand jury targeting Trump world for at least six months. So it was no surprise when Liz Cheney appeared to reveal during Thursday night’s opening public hearing that the DOJ has been working with unnamed cooperating witnesses against Donald Trump.
Generally speaking, the DOJ – especially this DOJ – doesn’t show its hand with ongoing criminal investigations except when it’s forced to. The DOJ believes that silence while building a criminal case gives the best odds of getting a conviction at trial.
One way to glean information is by what the DOJ isn’t willing to say or do. For instance, when Congress tried to obtain certain evidence against Donald Trump a few months ago, the DOJ was forced to admit it’s been criminally investigating Trump for taking classified documents with him when he left office.
Now the DOJ is about to show its hand in a more direct way. Jeffrey Rosen, the Acting Attorney General after Bill Barr resigned, has already privately testified to the January 6th Committee. Now the DOJ has authorized Rosen to publicly testify to the committee this upcoming Wednesday.
Why is this a big deal? The fact that the DOJ had to authorize Rosen to publicly testify means that Rosen is clearly a witness in an ongoing DOJ criminal investigation. Given that Trump tried and failed to get Rosen to commit election related crimes, this is obviously all about the DOJ case against Trump.
Rosen has surely only been authorized to testify publicly about certain aspects of Donald Trump’s crimes, and has been asked by the DOJ to keep some specific details under wraps while the criminal case advances. Rosen’s answers, and non-answers, will give away a lot about what specifically the DOJ is doing against Trump.
In other words, by telling Rosen what he is and isn’t allowed to publicly testify about, the DOJ is showing its hand – or at least a lot more of its hand than we’ve seen up to this point. Rosen is testifying at 10am eastern time on Wednesday, and you should make a point of tuning in.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report