The Democrat-Media Alliance has been doing everything it can to make it look like President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey for no other reason but to save himself from the rapidly-concluding investigation into his campaign’s ties with Russia. But to make this narrative stick, they are being forced to bend over backwards to ignore the man truly behind Comey’s dismissal: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Rosenstein is a thirty-year veteran of law enforcement and prosecution, and his reputation for unbiased fairness is impeccable. Just recently, he was confirmed to his current position by a Senate vote of 96-4. Few in this controversial administration can claim such a number. While James Comey was prancing around pretending to be above all of the partisan nonsense that makes Washington go ’round, Rosenstein was walking the walk. And that’s why the Dem-Media is so eager to avoid bringing his name into the conversation.
The letter Rosenstein sent to his boss, AG Jeff Sessions, would have given any president a clear choice: Either fire Comey or forge ahead with an FBI director whose erratic, above-the-law behavior poses a threat to American law enforcement. And when you read it, you understand that it is hardly written by someone who is Team Trump. In fact, the basis of Rosenstein’s letter could have been co-signed by any member of the Democratic Party – including Hillary Clinton herself. After all, Rosenstein basically confirmed Hillary’s prime complaint: That Comey, with his July press conference and then his October letter to Congress, went well outside the bounds of the FBI director’s authority.
“It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement,” Rosenstein wrote of Comey’s press conference, where he said that Hillary – despite committing several crimes – would not be prosecuted. “The Director now defends his decision by asserting that he believed Attorney General Loretta Lynch had a conflict. But the FBI Director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department.”
Rosenstein said Comey “laid out his version of the facts for the news media as if it were a closing argument, but without a trial. It is a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do.”
Furthermore, Rosenstein wrote, Comey tarnished both the election and the FBI’s reputation with the letter to Congress in October, where he temporarily re-opened the case into Hillary’s email shenanigans.
“I agree with the nearly unanimous opinions of former Department officials,” he wrote. “The way the Director handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong. As a result, the FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them. Having refused to admit his errors, the Director cannot be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions.”
This was a firing that – were the Democrats not thirsty for Trump’s impeachment – would have been celebrated by both political parties and anyone interested in seeing the FBI restore its reputation for apolitical justice. The fact that it isn’t just goes to show you how loony the left has gotten.