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.