Rod Rosenstein felt “shaken” and used by the White House after the firing of James Comey.

By |2018-07-01T04:47:33+00:00June 30th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

Courtesy of NYT:

In the days after the F.B.I. director James B. Comey was fired last year, the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, repeatedly expressed anger about how the White House used him to rationalize the firing, saying the experience damaged his reputation, according to four people familiar with his outbursts.

In public, Mr. Rosenstein has shown no hint that he had second thoughts about his role — writing a memo about Mr. Comey’s performance that the White House used to justify firing him. “I wrote it. I believe it. I stand by it,” Mr. Rosenstein said to Congress last year.

But in meetings with law enforcement officials in the chaotic days immediately after Mr. Comey’s dismissal, and in subsequent conversations with colleagues and friends, Mr. Rosenstein appeared conflicted, according to the four people.

He alternately defended his involvement, expressed remorse at the tumult it unleashed, said the White House had manipulated him, fumed how the news media had portrayed the events and said the full story would vindicate him, said the people, who in recent weeks described the previously undisclosed episodes.

According to one person with whom he spoke shortly after Mr. Comey’s firing, Mr. Rosenstein was “shaken,” “unsteady” and “overwhelmed.”

Another person described Rosenstein as “frantic, nervous, and upset.” Which makes a lot of sense since after the memo became public Trump alternated between saying that he was going to fire Comey anyway to and using Rosenstein’s memo to justify the firing.

And if anybody saw Rosenstein under attack during his hearing before Congress the other day, the pressure has not let up one little bit. 

At this point, it seems that Rosenstein is only staying at his job out of a sense of duty, and would welcome any opportunity to bail if he thought anybody else could step in and maintain the integrity of the Justice Department. 

However, he knows the minute he left that Trump would appoint some flunky and immediately start to dismantle the Mueller case before it could bite him in the ass. 

Right now Rosenstein is the hero that we all need, doing a job that fucking nobody would want. 

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  1. Anonymous July 1, 2018 at 3:16 am

    Of course he did. He had a terrible hearing, and came across as having a complete lack of leadership and a bureaucratic buffoon.

    Not to mention he trapped himself in many of the statements he has released previously. Wise up.

  2. anonymous July 1, 2018 at 8:03 am

    “I would like to see some answers as to why we didn’t take the server, why the FBI didn’t take the server from the DNC.”

    “Why didn’t the FBI take it? Look what they did to other people,” the president continued. “Why didn’t they take it? How can the DNC say get out of here. They threw them out of the office.”’
    “[Y]ou go back, how about the e-mails — deleting 33,000 e-mails?” he asked. “We don’t even have to talk about the uranium and all the different — just tell me, you get a subpoena. And after getting the subpoena from the United States Congress, right? People go to jail for doing it on a civil case. They delete 33,000 e-mails.”

    “Before the FBI even walked in, they are walking in and say you have — by the way, keep your laptops and then they even say destroy your laptops or something? In a week or something you can destroy your laptops?”

    “The president, however, never did say whether he would confront Putin about election interference.”

    “President George W. Bush and/or Vice President Dick Cheney deleted or lost 22 MILLION emails that were sent using a private server during the Bush administration’s FIRST TERM.

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