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Rod Rosenstein Has Some Serious Explaining to Do

Why would the deputy attorney general help Trump fire the FBI director, then investigate the president for doing so?

What exactly happened in May 2017?

What exactly happened in May 2017?

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For the last two years, millions of Americans have come to view Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as a kind of national insurance policy. This assessment is now in need of revision.

Rosenstein is the guy who appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate whether Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 election a week after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. As the president rages on Twitter, Rosenstein is seen as the avatar of what one anonymous administration official called the “steady state” — the resistance to Trump from within.