Rosenstein Unloads on Leaking Lying James Comey

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Rosenstein unloads on Comey, says he broke 'bright lines that should never be crossed'

By Gregg Re| Fox News


Rod Rosenstein unloaded on former FBI Director James Comey in remarks to the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) on Monday evening, slamming Comey's turn as a "partisan pundit," reiterating that he deserved to be fired, and faulting him for trampling "bright lines that should never be crossed."

Rosenstein formally stepped aside as deputy attorney general two days ago. His speech specifically took aim at Comey's comments earlier this month implying that Rosenstein and Attorney General Bill Barr lacked the "inner strength" to "resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump."


Comey also derided Rosenstein's "character" and suggested his "soul" had been consumed "in small bites." The former FBI boss, who has taken to posting numerous photographs of himself in nature staring wistfully at trees and roadways since leaving public office, had been showered with media attention in recent months, and his memoir earned him over $2 million.


"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. "That is disappointing. Speculating about souls is not a job for police and prosecutors. Generally, we base our opinions on eyewitness testimony."


Although Rosenstein emphasized that he "did not dislike" and even "admired" Comey in the past, he asserted that the former FBI head's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016 was a grievous and defining professional error.


"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 compelled to hold the dramatic July 2016 news conference -- in which he said that "no reasonable prosecutor" would charge Clinton, even though he said she had been "extremely careless" in handling classified information -- because then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had compromised the DOJ's appearance of impartiality by allowing Bill Clinton to meet her privately on an airport tarmac as the investigation was ongoing.


Rosenstein added: "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."


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.



Still, Rosenstein sounded a note of sympathy for the manner in which Comey was fired. The ex-FBI director reportedly learned of his fate from TV reports.


"If I had been the decision maker, the removal would have been handled very differently, with far more respect and far less drama," Rosenstein said, "so I do not blame the former director for being angry."


But, in another shot at Comey's deeply personal criticisms, Rosenstein went on: "My soul and character are pretty much the same today as they were two years ago. I took a few hits and made some enemies during my time in the arena, but I held my ground and made a lot of friends. And thanks to them, I think I made the right calls on the things that mattered."


The speech to the GBC -- a nonprofit association of business leaders that Rosenstein has credited with helping law enforcement, including when he was a U.S. Attorney -- was his second in as many years. It followed Rosenstein's remarks hours earlier to the University of Baltimore School of Law, in which he quoted Special Counsel Robert Mueller and urged graduates to stick to principles despite external pressure.


"So, that is some of what was going on when you gave me that award for courage in government service two years ago," Rosenstein concluded. "I probably did not deserve it at the time. I do not know whether I earned it since then. But I tried my best. It is nice to be home. Thank you very much."

Congressional Republicans have accused Rosenstein of intentionally withholding documents and information from Congress, failure to comply with congressional subpoenas and abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).


In particular, Rosenstein was at the DOJ in June 2017 when the third renewal of the government's FISA warrant to surveil ex-Trump aide Carter Page was submitted. The FISA applications flatly accused Page of conspiring with Russians and included citations to media sources that traced back to British ex-spy Christopher Steele -- who was funded in part by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).


The FISA applications did not state these connections clearly, nor did they mention new revelations that Steele apparently confided in the State Department that he wanted his since-discredited, now-infamous dossier to go public before Election Day in 2016.


A DOJ watchdog review of the department's FISA practices, among other issues, is expected to be completed within weeks.


https://www.foxnews.com/politics/rosenstein-comey-broke-bright-lines-that-should-never-be-crossed

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Stan Areted

I read that story earlier this evening and was heartened.


Looks like the little cartel is breaking up, eh?

I can't WAIT for more.

Comey had better lawyer up instead of polishing that halo.

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catkinZ8a

Did you see Rosenstein's retirement shindig?

Guests included AG Barr, Jeff Sessions and FBI director Christopher Wray, among others.

Very interesting.






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Ann

Yes, it is all getting very interesting!

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cait1

I thought you couldn't profit from your crimes? I guess Comey will soon be relieve of the $2mil he made off his faulty memories.

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Joaniepoanie

Rosenstein stood behind Barr as Barr lied to the American people to protect Trump. Any credibility he had went down in flames when he backed the lying Barr.

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maddie260

Rosenstein=Stockholm syndrome.

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Tilly Teabag

All predictable since the news of Comey’s firing.

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judeNY_gw

I wondered what trump had on him. He used to be more balanced and thoughtful.

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mrskjun(9)

Time to Kavanaugh Rosenstein. There goes that obstruction narrative.

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Ziemia(6a)

LOL

Gregg details Comey's July announcement yet glosses over the Oct 2016 one. Even though he quotes Rosenstein's comments on both.

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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

I wondered what trump had on him. He used to be more balanced and thoughtful.

What trump has is over 50% of his sucked soul by now.

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Ziemia(6a)

Just saying this part of his speech is interesting...

"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."

(Rod's speech sounds measured and not like a 'slamming'.)

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elvis

"Rosenstein called his memorandum supporting Comey's firing "reasonable under the circumstances,"

Yes, well, one has to consider that at the time it seemed reasonable to just fire the jerk. If they had known then what they know now, it would certainly not seem reasonable.

Firing would be the least that Comey would suffer. I'm sure Comey thought he was getting off easily, and in fact he was.

Not so fast...

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Ziemia(6a)

" If they had known then what they know now, it would certainly not seem reasonable."

It would not seem reasonable to fire Comey based on what is known now?

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Carro

Hillary would have fired Comey, had she won. It would have been retaliatory and no one would have blinked. I don't think Comey would have gone up against the Clintons like he's going up against Trump.

Stan, polish his halo indeed.

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elvis

It would not seem reasonable to fire Comey based on what is known now?

Correct. Firing was unreasonably lenient.

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petalique

Rosenstein = a political survivor

Flexible, when it’s required. Go along, get along, duck, stay out of gun sights, keep pension. Scrub skid marks when necessary.

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elvis

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. "That is disappointing. Speculating about souls is not a job for police and prosecutors.

Well, Comey did write his undergrad thesis on Jerry Falwell.

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enegiram

Scumbag Rosenstein is just deflecting from the fact he is the one that approved some of the FISA applications extensions, hoping everyone forgets about it!

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elvis

He no doubt trusted that they were legal in the first place. Oops.

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catkinZ8a

Scumbag dems are just deflecting from the fact that Obama's DOJ and FBI were weaponized against private citizens.

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adoptedbyhounds

"Scumbag Rosenstein is just deflecting from the fact he is the one that approved some of the FISA applications extensions, hoping everyone forgets about it!"

Why would he need to deflect over signing an extension, enigram? Was there something wrong with the information on the application submitted to the FISA Court?

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elvis

Gee, it sure got quiet in here. Guess enigram can't figure it out.

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