Monday, May 15, 2017

Rosenstein in hot seat after Comey firing

 

The Hill/by J Easley

The controversy around President Trump's explosive decision to fire FBI director James Comey has thrust deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein into the spotlight.

Rosenstein, a 27-year Justice Department veteran, was little known outside of government circles until Tuesday.

That’s when White House hung its decision to fire Comey, who lead the FBI investigation into potential ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia, on a memo Rosenstein wrote criticizing Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Ironically, Rosenstein's notion that Comey overstepped his bounds, broke protocol and generally politicized the Clinton investigation is accepted by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as many legal scholars and law enforcement officials.

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