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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Big Deal: Rosenstein scolds Comey over Trump memo leak

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Martha MacCallum of Fox News that he would not have approved of fired FBI Director James Comey's decision to leak personal notes on discussions with President Trump. 

The fact that he actually has to verbalize it is incredible. OF COURSE HE SHOULDN'T HAVE LEAKED THE DAMN MEMOS. They're private discussions with the President of the United States.

The tall former FBI head talked about his controversy and the Russia probe led by his close friend and soulmate Robert (Comey calls him "Spike') Mueller. The exclusive Fox interview will air Wednesday night on Fox News' "The Story."

Rosenstein also had tough words when Martha asked him about Comey's admission that he used another buddy at Columbia University to get one of his penned memos over to leftist The New York Times. 

But tough, schmough. Nothing is going to come of it.

"As a general proposition, you have to understand the Department of Justice. We take confidentiality seriously, so when we have memoranda about our ongoing matters, we have an obligation to keep that confidential," Rosenstein said, matter of factly.

Asked if he would prohibit releasing memos on a discussion with the president, Rosenstein said, "As a general position, I think it is quite clear. It's what we were taught, all of us as prosecutors and agents."

But nothing is going to come of it.

Rosenstein has come under strong criticism over his role in the controversy. His own memo, which laid out the rationale for firing Comey was first cited as a key factor by Trump et al, though Trump and his aides have since tap danced around it and gave varying explanations as to the role Rosenstein's recommendation played.
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In his infinite wisdom, Rosenstein eventually appointed Comey's bunk- buddy, Mueller, to oversee the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, and do what he could to help Jimmy out of this mess and maybe put Trump into its center.

This was Mueller's golden opportunity to repay Comey back for the ten bucks he loaned him back in the day, and he sure as heck wasn't going to recuse himself.

In his first national interview, Rosenstein doubled down on his stupid decision to appoint Mueller despite his cosy relationship with Comey, Comey's wife, their gardener and extended family.

"How could I not say 'yes,'" Mueller asked rhetorically.

"He had an excellent reputation. Really bipartisan support for his integrity. That's why I made that decision," he said.

"The Department of Justice, we judge by results and so my view about that is, we'll see if they do the right thing."

Nothing will come of it. Comey and OJ Simpson are going on Dancing in the Bars as partners and will write books about it all.

And they will laugh about it as they count their money.