All hell has broken loose between Donald Trump and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

It all started with a three sentence press release that was so bizarre, you knew there had to be more to it. Now it’s dissolved into everything from a public attack on the current deputy Attorney General, to the prospect of a new deputy Attorney General – and the picture isn’t less clear now than it was last night. All we know for sure is that all hell has broken loose between Donald Trump and Rod Rosenstein.

It started last night with a Department of Justice press release that had Rosenstein’s name on it but sounded like little more than a glorified Trump rant about not believing leaks in the media. With still no explanation for what was really behind the release, Trump tweeted the following this morning: “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt” (link). This seemed to be a direct attack on the integrity of Rosenstein.

There are several problems with Donald Trump’s tweet. One is that Rod Rosenstein is no longer in charge of investigating the Trump-Russia scandal; Special Counsel Robert Mueller is. The other is that while Rosenstein did write a memo regarding FBI Director James Comey’s firing, Trump went on to admit during a television interview that he was planning to fire Comey no matter what Rosenstein said. And it’s since surfaced that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is also under investigation, was the one who pushed Trump to fire Comey.

So where does this leave us? If Trump fires Rod Rosenstein, or pressures him into recusing himself, then Rachel Brand would become the new deputy Attorney General. Would she be willing to fire the Special Counsel, or would she act like an adult? That’s not yet clear. But this morning’s tweet from Trump could have been nothing more than an intentional distraction from a major impending leak about him from the foreign intel community, which he clearly fears is going to surface any minute.


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7 Comments

  1. Randy on June 16, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    The third option is that Trump’s psychological state has devolved to the point where his actions and tweets are simply the ravings of an uncontrolled madman.

  2. Claudia on June 16, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Yep
    And now in Florida signing order against Cuba again.
    They may not want his business??
    He wants the people who feed there after crimes they did here, including murderer. Humm we want that too but it’s now one country he can’t run to for protection lol
    He is done I’m sure, all the Obama legacy is wiped out, that was his goal.
    Awful man!

  3. Tom on June 16, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Hey GOP, Impeach Trump now and you’ll have a chance to recoup by midterms. Rip the bandage off now!

  4. SaintNola on June 16, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    All of the ConMan in Chief’s actions are to obscure or deflect from something else. His entire life is built on a lie (right down to his *real* name). Just waiting for the iceberg that will finally sink the disaster that is the Trumptantic.

  5. Eric C. Forat on June 16, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    you don’t understand… it’s not only him now, it’s also Pence, Kushner, Don Jr., etc, maybe even Ryan and McConnell!
    It’s too late for the Republicans! (thank the goddess!)

  6. Maria A Dichter on June 17, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    The GOP needs to go read Article II Section 1 and Section 4 of The Constitution which states in part The inability yo discharge The Powers and Duties of Said Office. (meaning the President} The same shall devolve on the Vice President and the Congress may by law provide for the case of Removal.
    Section 4: The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office and Impeachment for and conviction of Treason, Bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.. Trump is unfit in his duties and should be removed.

    • Claudia on June 18, 2017 at 1:45 am

      Yes I agree fully!
      Or nullify it and then arrest them.

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