“Rod Rosenstein’s announcement Monday night that he will leave his post as deputy attorney general on May 11 was no big surprise.
“But it does offer up a chance to look back over the past two years at his absolutely central role in the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election — and figure out whether Rosenstein was a force for good or ill when it comes to not only that investigation but his larger role within the Justice Department.
“And when you begin to dive into Rosenstein’s record since coming into the DAG job, the contradictions immediately emerge. Consider:
“* Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel and protected the probe, allowing Mueller to investigate to his satisfaction — despite the many attempts (publicly and privately) to end or curtail the investigation by President Donald Trump.”
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