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The End of the Rosenstein Defense

Trump said in an interview with Lester Holt that he was going to fire Comey regardless of the Rosenstein recommendation, which has the advantage of almost certainly being true, but the disadvantage of contradicting what his defenders, including the Vice President, have been saying for days. I wonder if the end of the Rosenstein defense is meant to placate Rod Rosenstein, who may be the most powerful person in the U.S. government right now. If he quits, he would turn what has been a damaging few days into an utter debacle.


Rosenstein says he’s not quitting and he didn’t threaten to quit.