Back in December, Trump ordered Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to pledge his personal loyalty. This is certainly not shocking; Trump did the same thing to former FBI Director James Comey. Nor is this newsworthy in and of itself; Rosenstein is far too much of a professional to do that, yet he still has his job. Attribute it to Trump committing another act of obstruction of justice that brought him not benefit, but will help to further incriminate him. But this is the real story: why we’re hearing about this just now.
Rosenstein handled this by the book, the same way Comey did: he took down detailed notes about it just in case he ever needed evidence, and then he told key people at the DOJ and FBI about it just in case he ever needed witnesses. It’s not possible to believe that Rosenstein would be leaking this information to the media by himself, because he’s the one in charge of the ongoing investigation in question. This leaves us with a fairly obvious conclusion: someone who works at the FBI leaked this today.
This is a hard kick in Trump’s teeth in the court of public opinion. It makes him appear profoundly guilty. In practical terms this makes it much more difficult for Trump to get away with attempting to fire Rosenstein, because it frames such an attempt in more sinister terms. But the true upshot is this: this is just the beginning.
We’ve finally reached the point where the highest levels of the FBI – high enough up the chain to know about Rod Rosenstein’s talks with Donald Trump – are strategically leaking dirt to expose Traitor Trump’s criminality. This would not be appropriate in normal circumstances. But these are definitely not normal circumstances. Trump is trying to destroy the FBI before it can finish its investigation of his treasonous crimes. He pushed out the FBI Deputy Director this week, and the FBI has declared war on President Trump. More leaks are on their way. This was just a warm up act.