The truth comes out: Rod Rosenstein tells us what he really thinks of James Comey

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has always been a Janus-faced swamp thing, and as a good swamp thing, he's a realist with regard to recognizing power shifts.  The Mueller report exonerating President Trump has come out, so, unlike the tantrum-throwing Democrats (and one stupid Republican), he's adjusted his political stance to new realities.  

Now we see him openly turning on the former FBI director he fired, James Comey, making the latter look like a sanctimonious boob:


>> And back to our breaking news, a war of words between Rod Rosenstein and former FBI director James Comey. Mr. Rosenstein officially stepped down last week. He vowed to stay on until the Mueller report was released, and he did. Tonight he’s speaking out at an event in Baltimore talking about the investigation and former Director Comey.

>> So I do not blame the former director for being angry. I would be, too, if I were in his shoes. But now the former director seems to be acting as a partisan pundit, selling books and earning speaking fees while speculating about the strength of my character and the fate of my immortal soul. I kid you not. That is disappointing. Speculating about souls is not a job for police and prosecutors.

>> And back with me James Baker, the former FBI general counsel. You were there — you started in 2014.

>> Correct.

Why would he be doing that?  Well, because he knows which way the political wind is blowing: away from Trump and toward Trump's mendacious antagonists.  One of the major nodes of that was Comey.

Attorney General William Barr has appointed a Connecticut-based U.S. attorney to start looking into the origins of the flawed FISA warrants that got the Trump collusion narrative started — which led to the appointment of a special counsel (Robert Mueller) who spent millions to find nothing.

It sounds as if Rosenstein doesn't like to be inconvenienced with chasing rabbit holes from partisans looking to Get Trump over at Comey's FBI who've failed to make the case they claimed they could — and who are out on their ears as a result of it.  Not only is there the Connecticut prosecutor on the job; there's also a big inspector general's report in the works, one that should identify media-colluders with Fusion GPS in the works.

What's a swamp thing to do, other than make his lip-curling contempt known?  Not only is it safe to do that now; it's probably imperative.  Swamp things always pick the strong horse, and Rosenstein knows who the strong horse is now.

As Seb Gorka helpfully sums up:

We can probably expect a lot more of this sort of backbiting and knife-twisting among the swamplings as President Trump's approval rating continues to rise and his re-election prospects grow ever brighter.  He's expanding, his swamp antagonists are contracting, and Rosenstein knows which way the wind is blowing.

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