Summary: Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw Mueller probe, repeatedly assured Trump that he would be treated fairly, that he wasn’t a “target” and that he was on the president’s team. At one point last fall, he grew emotional and begged not to be fired by Trump via tweet.
Former SDNY prosecutor Mimi Rocah suggested that Rosenstein’s speech last night was in part prompted by the knowledge that this info was about to be published.
Matthew Miller on CNN: “It is a deeply disturbing report because what it shows is unethical conduct by the deputy attorney general… He shouldn’t be talking to the president about an investigation into the president… The way to understand Rod is that he’s weak”
My thoughts on Rosenstein:
Rosenstein took part in Comey’s firing. The Mueller report suggests he wasn’t as in the dark to Trump’s motives as he publicly stated (ie he knew it was for Russia stuff, not Comey’s handling of Clinton). Comey’s firing directly led to Mueller’s appointment.
So Rosenstein, a witness in the Mueller probe, somehow gets to decide the result of said probe? If Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey, and Rosenstein helped fire Comey, then Rosenstein had potential criminal exposure. It was in his interest that Trump not be charged with obstruction.
Rosenstein needs to be questioned by Congress, too.