Earlier this week Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein participated in an event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
During the discussion the conversation turned to the fact that some Congressional conservatives were drafting articles of impeachment against Rosenstein for his part in the chaos of the last two years.
Speaking of the possibility of impeachment, Rosenstein argued that the Department of Justice would not be “extorted,” before explaining that this is why it is so important that the department remain nonpartisan in all its dealings.
“They can’t even resist leaking their own drafts. I saw that draft. I don’t know who wrote it. It really does illustrate and important point about the rule of law and how we operate at the department [of justice].
If we’re going to accuse someone of wrongdoing, we have to have admissible evidence, credible witnesses, we have to prove our case in court. We have to affix our signature to the charging document.
There’s a lot of talk about FISA applications. Many people I’ve seen talk about it seem not to recognize that a FISA application is actually a warrant, just like a search warrant. In order to get a FISA warrant, you need an affidavit signed by a career law enforcement officer who swears the information is true… And if it is wrong, that person is going to face consequences.”
Rosenstein later added that, “The Department of Justice is not going to be extorted. We’re going to do what is required by the rule of law.”
Sadly, what Rosenstein doesn’t seem to understand is that the DOJ has NOT been acting in a nonpartisan manner over the last couple of years. In fact, there have been many, many incidents of biased behavior from different agents within the DOJ.
It would have been nice to hear Rosenstein speak more plainly to the problems the DOJ has caused itself over the last couple of years, instead of mocking conservatives from being tired of the biased behavior.
You can see the full event with Rosenstein here: