Think disgraced former FBI Director maintains his condo in the swamp. Not based on the flamethrower that former acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said.
While speaking on Monday at the Great Baltimore Committee Monday evening, Rosenstein discussed several topics. A topic of particular interest to many Americans following the Russian collusion farce, Rosenstein discussed his handling of the Russia investigation. Further he explained his recommendation to President Trump to fire Comey.
But perhaps the most revealing part of this discussion centers around Rosenstein referreing to Comey as a “partisan pundit”.
In discussing Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Rosenstein said that “while there are many issues in our line [of work] in which a range of decisions may be reasonable, there are bright lines that should never be crossed”.
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Specifically, Rosenstein criticized Comey’s decision to hold a July 2016 press conference, where Comey ultimately exonerated Clinton. Further, the former acting AG then slammed Comey’s letter to Congress days before the 2016 election explaining that decision.
“Those actions were not within the range of reasonable decisions…They were inconsistent with our goal of communicating to all FBI employees that they should respect the attorney general’s role, refrain from disclosing information about criminal investigations, avoid disparaging uncharged persons, and above all, not take unnecessary steps that could influence an election.”
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— ABC News (@ABC) May 14, 2019
Rosenstein recommended that President Trump fire Comey. And he defended his decision to do so. Nevertheless in his explanation he faulted President Trump for how the firing occurred.
Recall that Comey was fired away from DC as Comey headed to an event. We believe this was intentional, so the Department of Justice could seize Comey’s computer, and other DOJ instruments.
“If I had been the decision maker, the removal would have been handled very differently, with far more respect and far less drama.”
As for the rumors by Leftists that the president told Rosenstein what to put, Rosenstein flatly denied this.
Rosenstein noted that Comey has a right to be angry. However, he actually lit Comey up in the next part of his comment:
“So I do not blame the former director for being angry, but now the former director is a partisan pundit, selling books and earning speaking fees while speculating about the strength of my character and the fate of my immortal soul. That is disappointing. Speculating about souls is not a job for police and prosecutors. Generally, we base our opinions on eyewitness testimony.”
Rosenstein took the shot at Comey based on comments Comey made on a CNN Town Hall.
During that Comey “puff-piece” event, Comey told host Anderson Cooper that Rosenstein was a person of accomplishment, but “not a person of strong character.”
Comey wouldn’t know a person of character if that person walked up and kick him in his girly-bits. Despite his media tour to make himself look innocent, Comey faces the most serious charges of all the coup plotters so far.
But there is good news for him. As he won’t stay number one for long. There exist people ahead of him who will soon be on the hot seat.