A Way Out for Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein

UPDATE: Rosenstein won’t likely change his mind unless he believes the FBI probe into Trump-Russia ties is at risk, according to CNN. He sees no reason to recuse himself from overseeing Justice Department work on the investigation, the network reported, citing people familiar with Rosenstein’s thinking.


Trump tried to blame the firing of Comey on a memo from  Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. The memo, supposedly written before Comey was fired,  was very critical of Mr. Comey’s revelation of Mrs. Clinton’s emails during the 2016 campaign.  Questions about Comey’s performance are legitimate, but the timing of the firing, a day after a damaging hearing about Trump’s Russia ties, left the clear impression this was all about killing the FBI’s Russia probe.  Now it turns out that Trump, once again, was lying.  Rosenstein did write the memo, but he did so on Trump’s request and threatened to resign after the narrative emerging from the White House on Tuesday evening cast the memo as the prime mover of the decision,

Rosenstein is a career prosecutor who take the law seriously.  His reputation has now been tarnished by Mr. Trump and will remain so unless  the Deputy Attorney General resigns the job.  

 There is an alternative, a heroic act. Mr. Rosenstein could take to rehabilitate his reputation: He can name a special prosecutor to continue the probe. That act would relieve the GOP from creating its own special committee while allowing the Reepublicans to still control the Congressional investigations.
Of course, this course of action would likely lead to Rod J. Rosenstein being fired.  
This president may think himself unassailable, but Americans are seeing him for what he is: a tin-pot tyrant.”

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