Rosenstein Reportedly Knew Comey Would Be Fired

Two Democratic Senators, Claire McCaskill and Dick Durbin, have said that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein knew FBI Director James Comey was going to be fired before he wrote the memo justifying that firing. This conflicts with the original White House account.

As Brian Fallon notes, "This confirms Rosenstein let himself be an accomplice to a political firing."

Accurate. The question is whether there was a (good) reason for that.

I'm not ready to reflexively castigate Rosenstein for this. We are in a whole new world. He may have felt like he needed to play a long game.

Not defending him. Just reserving judgment. For now.

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