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Real Reason for Hope That a Special Prosecutor Will Be Appointed to Investigate Trump's Ties to Russia

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | May 10, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | May 10, 2017 |

Donald Trump fired James Comey at 5:41 p.m. last night, and like many of you, by 6:00, I was investigating the hell out of Rod J. Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General who wrote the memo that Trump used to justify the firing of James Comey. The first thing I saw was his picture:


Oh sh*t, I thought: He looks like one of the parents of the First Generation kids in Wayward Pines, the kind of guy who would do anything that Toby Jones/Jeff Sessions asked of him.

But I looked deeper into the guy, and to be honest, like most career DOJs, he doesn’t seem so bad. He may be a Republican appointee, but so was Sally Yates, and like Yates, he was kept on in the Obama administration. Bush tried to get him nominated to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, but Dems blocked it back when we were blocking everyone. He seems like a guy who does his job.

So, why did he fire Comey? And will he appoint a special prosecutor?

Well, maybe he didn’t fire Comey, and maybe he will appoint a special prosecutor.

This thread is particularly encouraging. It comes from Eric Columbus. He worked at the Department of Homeland Security under Obama, and before that, he was senior counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, i.e., the position that Rosenstein now holds. As someone deep inside of the DOJ, I suspect he knows of what he speaks.

Read Rosenstien’s letter again, and this all seems to track, for whatever that is worth. If he does hire a special prosecutor, though, don’t be surprised if Trump fires him, too.

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