Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein publicly blasted ex-FBI Director James Comey, suggesting he is a partisan hack who crossed “bright lines that should never be crossed.”
Speaking to the Greater Baltimore Committee on Monday, Rosenstein pushed back hard against Comey’s assertion that he and Attorney General Bill Barr lacked the “inner strength” to do the right thing and fight back against President Donald Trump.
"Now, the former director is a partisan pundit, selling books and earning speaking fees while speculating about the strength of my character and the fate of my immortal soul," Rosenstein said. "That is disappointing. Speculating about souls is not a job for police and prosecutors. Generally, we base our opinions on eyewitness testimony.”
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However, Comey is more focused on book sales. After all the controversy he kicked up, Comey’s memoir has reportedly earned him $2 million.
Rosenstein went on to criticize Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
"The clearest mistake was the director’s decision to hold a press conference about an open case, reveal his recommendation and discuss details about the investigation, without the consent of the prosecutors and the attorney general," Rosenstein said.
He continued: “Then, he chose to send a letter to the Congress on the eve of the election stating that one of the candidates was under criminal investigation, expecting it to be released immediately to the public.”
Not only was it the wrong decision, Rosenstein argued, Comey’s actions were “not within the range of reasonable decisions.”
“They were inconsistent with our goal of communicating to all FBI employees that they should respect the attorney general’s role, refrain from disclosing information about criminal investigations, avoid disparaging uncharged persons, and above all, not take unnecessary steps that could influence an election,” the former deputy AG added.