Rod Rosenstein had me. Then he lost me.
He submitted his resignation today from the U.S. Justice Department. Rosenstein’s last day will be May 11.
The deputy U.S. attorney general made what many millions of Americans thought was a stellar choice in naming Robert Mueller the special counsel in determining whether Donald Trump’s campaign “colluded” with Russians during the 2016 presidential election.
Rosenstein was called into action after then-AG Jeff Sessions recused himself from anything having to do with Russia.
So, he answered the call. He acted wisely.
But then . . .
Most recently it was revealed that he fought for his job near the end of Mueller’s exhaustive probe and told Trump that he — the president — was not a target of the special counsel.
Huh? What’s up with that? Deputy attorneys general aren’t supposed to spill the beans about ongoing investigations. Are they?
He had me at first. Then he lost me at the end.
Still, I want to give him high marks for selecting Mueller to do a thorough job looking into these terrible questions regarding the president’s campaign and its alleged relationship with Russians who dug up dirt on Hillary Clinton and sought to pass it on to the Trump political team.
Rosenstein’s conduct near the end of his time at DOJ doesn’t negate completely the good he accomplished by picking Mueller.
However, it does give me pause.
I trust that congressional investigators will have plenty to ask him once he clears out his desk at Justice.