While careful to hedge himself, it appears Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has broken the back of The Democrats’ desperate narrative by confirming that he stands by his memo that was initially used as the reason for former FBI Director James Comey’s firing.
As The Hill reports, Rosenstein told lawmakers, according to a released copy of his opening statement…
“It is a candid memorandum about the FBI Director’s public statements concerning a high-profile criminal investigation, I wrote it. I believe it. I stand by it.”
As a reminder, the memo came under criticism after the White House initially pointed to the document as the justification for Comey’s firing last week. President Trump later said last week he would have fired Comey regardless, although on Thursday he again cited the memo as his main reasoning.
With Senators desperate to leak whatever they could to further their narrative from the “closed-door” meeting, Rosenstein’s testimony crushes one side’s arguments… (via The Hill)
Rosenstein added during the closed-door meetings that the document “is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination.”
“My memorandum is not a finding of official misconduct; the inspector general will render his judgement about the issue in due course,” the No. 2 Justice Department official said.
The document criticizes Comey’s handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, but did not directly call for the former FBI director’s firing.
But Rosenstein appears to signal in it that he thought the FBI needed a new director, and notes that he and Sessions discussed the issue during their first meeting.
“Notwithstanding my personal affection for Director Comey, I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader,” he told lawmakers, according to his remarks.
We wonder how long until links between Russian hookers and Mr. Rosenstein is discovered? Or the fact that he watched and dared to enjoy the Sochi Winter Olympics once?