Rod Rosenstein to leave job next week, leaves behind troubling resignation letter addressed to Trump.

By |2019-04-30T05:55:22-08:00April 30th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |7 Comments


Courtesy of Politico:

Rosenstein didn’t mention Mueller in his resignation letter, which was addressed to Trump. But he referenced the Justice Department’s work in combating foreign interference over the last two years, writing that “our elections are more secure, and our citizens are better informed about covert foreign influence efforts and schemes to commit fraud, steal intellectual property, and launch cyber-attacks.”

Rosenstein’s tenure was marked by broadsides against him by the president and congressional Republicans, who questioned his role in overseeing the Mueller investigation and criticized him for what they saw as stonewalling documents requests.

Just a few months ago, Trump attacked Rosenstein as “totally conflicted” and retweeted an altered image that depicted the deputy attorney general behind bars, suggesting he should be jailed for treason. He also wrote that Rosenstein appeared to be “planning a very illegal act” with the deputy FBI director, Andrew McCabe, in the early days of his administration, when the pair reportedly discussed ways to remove him from office. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, went so far as to file articles of impeachment against Rosenstein last summer.

Despite the attacks, Rosenstein told Trump in his resignation letter that he was “grateful to you for the opportunity to serve; for the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations; and for the goals you set in your inaugural address: patriotism, unity, safety, education and prosperity.”

I have to admit that when I first heard about this letter I thought it might be another “official” letter that Trump had dictated and made the individual sign, as he has done numerous times in the past.

However having read this letter I don’t think that is the case, mostly because it does not read as if it was initially jotted down in crayon.

I am a little concerned that Rosenstein mentioned “personal conversations” that he had with Trump, which seem a little out of place considering the investigation that Rosenstein has been overseeing these last two years.

However, it should be noted that Rosenstein took pains to push back a little on Trump’s uber partisan approach to government:

Facing “corrosive skepticism and cynicism concerning the administration of justice” in 1975, Edward Levi urged us to “make clear by word and deed that our law is not an instrument of partisan purpose used in ways which are careless of the higher values within us all.” In 2001, John Ashcroft called for “a professional Justice Department free from politics uncompromisingly fair…defined by integrity and dedicated to upholding the rule of law.”

However, the question remains, did Rod Rosenstein stand as a bulwark against Trump’s attempts to undermine or sabotage the Mueller investigation, or did he compromise himself in order to save his job? 

At this point, the argument could be made either way. 

Personally, I am hoping that the Democratically controlled Congress has plans to question him about that very thing. 

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7 Comments

  1. abbafan April 30, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Gryphen, I personally believe that Rosenstein played the fat dotard for a fool. Yes, I agree that the wording may appear too positive for fatso; however, look how he wrote that third paragraph. Everything that he wrote therein is contrary to fat-boy’s actual policy; it seems to be dripping with sarcasm! If the fat dotard goes attacking him on Twitter, then it looks like Rosenstein scored a direct hit!!

  2. anon April 30, 2019 at 7:59 am

    “People vote for a liar like Donald Trump because they believe all politicians lie and he’s just more colorful about it. This era is producing men and women of such grandiose mendacity that it will be a miracle if the next generation believes that anyone in politics is even capable of acting in the national interest. It’s possible that Robert Mueller may be the last of his kind in the GOP and I’m not all that sure about him either. We’ll have to see how this plays out to know whether Mueller pulled too many punches but for the moment he’s all we have left of a “just the facts ma’am” Republican straight arrow.”
    “Rather than acting as an independent upholder of the law, serving the people, Barr is proving to be the most servile of all Trump’s henchmen. He’s not even as independent as the multiple yes-men in the administration who failed to follow Trump’s orders but stayed on anyway. Barr seems to see himself as the president’s trusted legal consigliere, helping him to avoid getting caught for his crimes.”
    “Barr’s outrageous behavior and the White House attempts to stonewall all forms of oversight are pushing the Democrats toward impeachment, whether they want it or not. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., a member of the House Democratic policy leadership team who sits on the Judiciary Committee, told the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent, “If we can’t fact-gather, we’re going to have to use the other tools at our disposal and make sure our oversight responsibilities are respected.”

    Lieu added, “If it turns out we can’t investigate because the White House is not complying with anything that Congress requests, then I think the caucus would support an article of impeachment on obstructing Congress in order to maximize our court position.”
    “The third article of impeachment against Richard Nixon was for defying congressional subpoenas and oversight. Trump may be leaving Congress no choice but to do that again, if only to defend its own constitutional prerogatives. ”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/04/bill-barr-could-well-be-the-most-odious-of-all-of-trumps-henchmen/

  3. Anonymous April 30, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Yes hidden in plain site is the fact they they had private conversations, likely about things they shouldn’t have discussed. Likely sarcasm as Trump probably treated Rosenstein with anything but humor and respect.
    A message to our fat fuck president.

  4. Anonymous April 30, 2019 at 9:51 am

    I think everyone pussyfoots around trump like the cowardly lion. Nothing will be done about anything cuz trump is white and priviliged. The end.

  5. Anonymous April 30, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Remember when the Fat Fuck retweeted an image of Rosenstein behind bars? He thought he was so clever in his jabs.
    Well Rod, it seems that you are no better then that Fat Fuck. So, how about eat shit and die. You have already consumed so much thus far. A little more should do the trick.
    Isn’t it just so sad when the president of the United States calls his own FBI scum and all his lackeys just smile and carry on.

  6. Rose April 30, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Kind of like it Bristol Palin is not nice to you and that number is very limited , it means that you are a piece of shit.

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