Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, submitted his resignation letter to the White House today, effective May 11.
“We enforce the law without fear or favor because credible evidence is not partisan, and truth is not determined by opinion polls. We ignore fleeting distractions and focus our attention on the things that matter, because a republic that endures is not governed by the news cycle.”
In the days after Trump fired Comey, Rosenstein discussed wearing a “wire” to record conversations with Trump and recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, The New York Times first reported. Earlier this month Rosenstein defended his handling of the Russia investigation and recalled during his Senate confirmation hearing that he had promised to “do it right” and “take it to the appropriate conclusion.
“It’s not our job to render conclusive factual findings. We just decide whether it is appropriate to file criminal charges.”
On Monday, Rosenstein bizarrely wrote in his resignation letter to Trump,
“I am grateful to you for the opportunity to serve; for the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations.”
I thought they weren’t supposed to have personal conversations with a sitting POTUS under investigation?
Rod Rosenstein’s resignation letter, effective May 11. pic.twitter.com/jDuq5xmLn6— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) April 29, 2019
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