Rod Rosenstein discharged former FBI director James Comey on Monday evening in a statement to the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) and proposed Comey as "partisan expert". bright lines that should never be crossed.
Rosenstein officially resigned as deputy attorney general two days ago, his speech specifically targeting Comey's comments earlier this month, suggesting that Rosenstein and attorney general Bill Barr did not have the "inner power" to "compromise." Comey also ridiculed Rosenstein's "character" and suggested his "soul" had been consumed "in small bites." The former FBI chief since leaving publicly publicized numerous photos of herself in nature staring longingly at trees and roads had been showered with media attention in recent months, and his memoirs earned him more than $ 2 million.
Now the former director is a partisan expert who sells books and earns commissions while talking about the strength of my character and The fate of my immortal soul speculated, "Rosenstein said. "It's disappointing to speculate about souls is not a job for the police and prosecutors, and we generally base our opinions on testimonies."
Although Rosenstein emphasized that he "disliked" and even "admired" Comey in the past, he argued that the former FBI leader's handling of Hillary Clinton's email investigation in 2016 a serious and grave circumstance was defining professional mistakes.
"The most significant mistake was the director's decision to hold a press conference on an open case, to expose his recommendation, and to discuss details of the investigation without the approval of the prosecutor and the attorney general," Rosenstein said. "He then decided to send a letter to Congress on the eve of the election stating that one of the candidates was under criminal investigation and expected it to be made public immediately."
Hold the dramatic press conference in July 2016 – in which he said that "no reasonable prosecutor" would charge Clinton, even though he said she was "extremely negligent" in handling classified information – because the then Attorney General Loretta Lynch's The Appeal of Impartiality by the DOJ, by allowing Bill Clinton to meet her privately on an airport runway during the ongoing investigation.
Rosenstein added, "These measures were not reasonably prudent, and they contradicted our goal of communicating to all, calling on FBI officials to respect the role of the Attorney General, not divulging information about criminal investigations, not accused persons Above all, take no unnecessary steps that could influence an election. "
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Rosenstein called his memorandum Comey fired "reasonably in the circumstances" and said he had provided a more in-depth analysis of the "pros and cons" of the FBI director's dismissal if he had "been asked to Recommendation before the decision to deport was made ".
However, Rosenstein emphasized that Trump "did not tell me what reasons to include in my memo." The President has repeatedly suggested that Comey's refusal to publicly acknowledge, as privately, that Trump was not investigated, ultimately played a role in his dismissal. Nevertheless, Rosenstein expressed sympathy for the way Comey was proceeding was fired. The ex-FBI director is said to have learned from television reports of his fate.
"If I had been the decision maker, the distance would have been handled very differently, with much more respect and much less drama," said Rosenstein. I do not accuse the former director of being angry.
Yet, in another take on Comey's deeply personal criticism, Rosenstein continued, "My soul and character are pretty much the same today as they were two years ago. I've taken a few hits and a few enemies during my time in the arena, but I've asserted myself and found many friends. And thanks to them, I think I made the right calls on the things that mattered. "
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Speaking to the GBC – a nonprofit association of business leaders, Rosenstein attributed the support of law enforcement, even if he was a US attorney – was his second in so many years, followed by Rosenstein's remarks hours earlier at the University of Baltimore's School of Law, citing Special Counsel Robert Mueller and urged graduates to adhere to principles despite external pressure
awarded me this prize for courage in civil service two years ago, "Rosenstein concluded. "I probably did not deserve it back then, I do not know if I've earned it since then, but I tried my best, it's nice to be home, thank you."
Congressional Republicans have accused Rosenstein of intentionally withholding documents and information from Congress, failing to congress summaries of Congress, and abusing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). In particular, Rosenstein was at the DOJ in June 2017 when the government's third renewal of the FISA arrest warrant was filed against ex-Trump Supreme Adjutant Carter Page. The FISA claims condemned Page conspiracy with Russians and included quotations from sources of media sources dating back to British ex-spy Christopher Steele – funded in part by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
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FISA applications failed to clarify these relationships and did not mention any new revelations that Steele apparently entrusted to the State Department, that he wanted to have his since discredited, now infamous dossier released before election day in 2016.
A review of FISA practices by the DOJ, including through the Justice Department, is expected to be completed in just a few weeks.
John Roberts and Jake Gibson of Fox News have contributed to this report.