Rosenstein did the same thing in his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Rosenstein took NO ACTION that was not approved by his teammates. This becomes key.
Jeff Sessions was firewalled, and Rod Rosenstein was a willing co-dependent enable. The special counsel team was running main justice.
The special counsel team was running the DOJ.
If they defined it as adverse to their interests they controlled it. Rosenstein allowed this. Rosenstein facilitated this approach.
It would be obtuse and intellectually dishonest to think Rosenstein was hoodwinked. He's not stupid.
Every release from the DOJ during the Special Counsel tenure, was only possible with the special counsel directing and approving the release.
Nothing was released from the DOJ without a purposeful intent by the special counsel to allow its release.
This includes the redactions to all documents. The special counsel controlled all this stuff.
The special counsel did all the redactions; the special counsel removed texts from releases; it was the special counsel who were selectively releasing and selectively hiding information for two years.
Rosenstein was the facilitator.
Again, in this article today -critical of Stone's commutation- the fulcrum is the Russia-Wikileaks angle.
Take away the Russia hacked the dnc email aspect, and suddenly the entire premise of the special counsel collapses on itself.
As soon as special counsel gives Barr their report. Assange is grabbed April 11, 2019.