“The chickens are finally coming home to roost,” according to the number 2 man at the Justice Department.
In fact, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had a few choice words in a private speech Thursday night regarding how former President Obama and former FBI Director Comey conducted themselves after learning about the Russian hacking.
Rosenstein — who became embroiled within the Mueller investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions (remember him) recused himself, thus beginning the two year “witch-hunt” against the President — has apparently come full-circle with his assessment regarding Obama’s woeful inaction in confronting Russia and his decision “not to publicize the full story” to the American people.
Rosenstein, was speaking in New York at the Public Servants Dinner of the Armenian Bar Association, defended his handling of the Mueller probe while also criticizing former President Obama and other officials within the Obama Administration.
He also called out former FBI Director James Comey for alerting Congress about the investigation into Russian collusion at the height of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Rosenstein’s speech was a compilation of his career, working within the justice department, and personal reflections, until he began recounting his experiences concerning Russia and the Obama Administration, and his overview of how the Obama Administration mishandled the Russian hacking which raised quite a few eyebrows of those in attendance.
“Some critical decisions about the Russia investigation were made before I got there. The previous Administration chose not to publicize the full story about Russian computer hackers and social media trolls, and how they relate to a broader strategy to undermine America. The FBI disclosed classified evidence about the investigation to ranking legislators and their staffers.
Someone selectively leaked details to the news media. The FBI Director (COMEY) announced at a congressional hearing that there was a counterintelligence investigation that might result in criminal charges. Then the former FBI Director alleged that the President (OBAMA) pressured him to close the investigation, and the President denied that the conversation occurred.”
“So that happened.”
Rosenstein continued, “There is a story about firefighters who found a man on a burning bed. When they asked how the fire started, he replied, “I don’t know. It was on fire when I lay down on it.” I know the feeling.”
“But the bottom line is, there was overwhelming evidence that Russian operatives hacked American computers and defrauded American citizens, and that is only the tip of the iceberg of a comprehensive Russian strategy to influence elections, promote social discord, and undermine America, just like they do in many other countries.”
There are consequences for one’s actions, and eventually, those actions will catch up to you in a negative way, and Rosenstein is doing just that, setting the historical record straight regarding the Obama Administration’s mishandling of Russian interference. President Trump has already gone on record blasting the Obama Administration for not acting quickly enough to stem Russia’s influence during the 2016 campaign.
A former Obama sources told NBC News, that the Obama Administration didn’t respond more forcefully to Russian hacking because they didn’t want to appear they were medaling in the 2016 election, also thinking that Hillary would win, and that a potential cyber war with Russia wasn’t worth it, in short allowing the Russians to continue threatening our national security interests.
Democrats and Republicans alike have criticized the Obama administration for not being more forceful.
Retired Adm. James Stavridis when asked by NBC News about the level of the administration’s response, he answered, “I think it is a legitimate question and I think given the stakes at the national level the question deserves an answer. In retrospect, it certainly seems as though it was a mistake not to call the Russians sooner and respond to them in a very forceful way.”