The Briefing Room
General Category => Politics => Topic started by: mrclose on May 13, 2019, 08:55:15 PM
Rod Rosenstein on Monday defended the firing of ex-FBI Director James Comey, saying it was not only the right call, but denying it was an attempt to hinder the Russia investigation.
The former deputy attorney general, enjoying his first work day back in private life after two years as the No. 2 person at the Justice Department, also fleshed out the fateful days leading up to the firing, saying the White House never ordered him what to put in his memo justifying the firing.
And he said flatly that the Russia investigation was never in jeopardy while he was at the helm.
â€œI would never have allowed anyone to interfere with the investigation,â€ Mr. Rosenstein said in a speech to the Great Baltimore Committee, a regional business organization.
It was one of two speeches he gave Monday, delivering insights into how he approached his job while under fire first from President Trump, angry at the special counselâ€™s probe Mr. Rosenstein initiated, and later from Democrats angry that the probe didnâ€™t result in criminal charges against Mr. Trump.
Mr. Rosenstein said said he doesnâ€™t dislike Mr. Comey, but said the former FBI chief crossed â€œa bright lineâ€ when he held a press conference exonerating Ms. Clinton of criminal wrongdoing just months before the 2016 election.
The former deputy attorney general said not only did that break with practice, but it showed insubordination, since Mr. Comey acted without the approval of the attorney general.
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Rosenstein unloads on Comey, says he broke 'bright lines that should never be crossed'
By Gregg Re | Fox News
Rod Rosenstein unloaded on former FBI Director James Comey in remarks to the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) on Monday evening, slamming Comey's turn as a "partisan pundit," reiterating that he deserved to be fired, and faulting him for trampling "bright lines that should never be crossed."
Rosenstein formally stepped aside as deputy attorney general two days ago. His speech specifically took aim at Comey's comments earlier this month implying that Rosenstein and Attorney General Bill Barr lacked the "inner strength" to "resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump."
Comey also derided Rosenstein's "character" and suggested his "soul" had been consumed "in small bites." The former FBI boss, who has taken to posting numerous photographs of himself in nature staring wistfully at trees and roadways since leaving public office, had been showered with media attention in recent months, and his memoir earned him over $2 million.
"Mr. Comey acted without the approval of the attorney general."
That's odd...I thought getting the approval was the entire purpose of the Phoenix Sky Harbor tarmac meeting. Lynch washed her hands after that meeting.
Why Trump's DOJ hasn't indicted this bum is a mystery. He was a disgrace, and I believe a key player in the coup effort.
I believe he should face sedition and treason and along with the rest when found guilty, get immediately dispatched to hell.