In a shocking statement, Rod Rosenstein appears to have turned on fired FBI Director James Comey, calling him a “partisan pundit” and also blaming him for trampling “bright lines that should never be crossed.”
The comments that were made to the Greater Baltimore Committee on Monday night, came in response to comments made by Comey directed at Rosenstein and Attorney General Bill Barr, saying that they didn’t have the “inner strength” to “resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump.”
This wasn’t the only comment that nut job Comey made. He went as far to say that Rosenstein’s character and soul were being consumed in small bites.
“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,” Rosenstein said in his speech. “That is disappointing. Speculating about souls is not a job for police and prosecutors. Generally, we base our opinions on eyewitness testimony.”
Rosenstein did admit however that he admired Comey in the past but was very much against the way that he held the Hillary Clinton email investigation leading up to the 2016 election.
“The clearest mistake was the director’s decision to hold a press conference about an open case, reveal his recommendation and discuss details about the investigation, without the consent of the prosecutors and the attorney general,” Rosenstein said. “Then, he chose to send a letter to the Congress on the eve of the election stating that one of the candidates was under criminal investigation, expecting it to be released immediately to the public.”
Comey later said he felt it necessary to carry out the July 2016 news conference where he announced there was “no reasonable” to charge Clinton.
Rosenstein continued: “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.”
Check out what Fox News reported:
Rosenstein called his memorandum supporting Comey’s firing “reasonable under the circumstances,” and said he would have provided a more fleshed-out analysis of the “pros and cons” of terminating the FBI director had he been “asked to make a recommendation before the removal decision was made.”
But, Rosenstein emphasized, Trump “did not tell me what reasons to put in my memo.” The president repeatedly has suggested that Comey’s refusal to acknowledge publicly — as he had privately — that Trump was not under investigation ultimately played a role in his termination.
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