Rod Rosenstein just broke his silence and publicly humiliated James ‘Showboat’ Comey. Comey is deservedly the most hated man in America and his time in the barrel is coming.
Comey trashed Rosenstein last week and freed from the constraints of his job at DOJ, Rod finally hit back calling Comey a partisan hack.
From Politico: Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein criticized former FBI Director James Comey for becoming a “partisan pundit” in the two years since he was fired by President Donald Trump in 2017.
In some of Rosenstein’s first extended remarks since officially leaving the Justice Department last week, the former deputy attorney general called Comey’s dismissal, which set off a firestorm in Washington and resulted in the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, “reasonable under the circumstances,” citing Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
The former deputy attorney general said that had he been in Trump’s shoes when deciding to fire Comey just over two years ago, he would have included “a more balanced analysis of the pros and cons.” He also said he would have ensured Comey’s dismissal was carried out with “far more respect and far less drama,” alluding to Comey finding out about his dismissal on TV during a trip to Los Angeles.
“So I do not blame the former director for being angry. I would be too if I were in his shoes,” Rosenstein said. “But now the former director seems to be acting as a partisan pundit, selling books and earning speaking fees while speculating about the strength of my character and the fate of my immortal soul. I kid you not.”
From ABC: Rosenstein also hit back at a recent New York Times op-ed by Comey, who wrote that Rosenstein and Attorney General William Barr have compromised themselves by not speaking out more forcefully against Trump’s attacks on the DOJ.
“Accomplished people lacking inner strength can’t resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump and that adds up to something they will never recover from,” Comey wrote. “It takes character like [former Secretary of Defense James Mattis’] to avoid the damage, because Mr. Trump eats your soul in small bites.”
While Rosenstein in his speech noted he once had a deep professional respect for Comey, he expressed dismay at former FBI director’s recent political commentary.
“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. “I kid you not. That is disappointing. Speculating about souls is not a job for police and prosecutors. Generally we base our opinions on eyewitness testimony.”
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