On Thursday evening, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein spoke to the audience at an Armenian Bar Association event, and the Washington Examiner’s Byron York shared a passage from the speech:
— Byron York (@ByronYork) April 26, 2019
There’s only one word for it:
— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 26, 2019
And that’s it!
Here it is one more time, as transcribed on Justice.gov:
At my confirmation hearing in March 2017, a Republican Senator asked me to make a commitment. He said: “You’re going to be in charge of this [Russia] investigation. I want you to look me in the eye and tell me that you’ll do it right, that you’ll take it to its conclusion and you’ll report [your results] to the American people.”
I did pledge to do it right and take it to the appropriate conclusion. I did not promise to report all results to the public, because grand jury investigations are ex parte proceedings. It is not our job to render conclusive factual findings. We just decide whether it is appropriate to file criminal charges.
Some critical decisions about the Russia investigation were made before I got there. The previous Administration chose not to publicize the full story about Russian computer hackers and social media trolls, and how they relate to a broader strategy to undermine America. The FBI disclosed classified evidence about the investigation to ranking legislators and their staffers. Someone selectively leaked details to the news media. The FBI Director announced at a congressional hearing that there was a counterintelligence investigation that might result in criminal charges. Then the former FBI Director alleged that the President pressured him to close the investigation, and the President denied that the conversation occurred.
So that happened.
And the details keep unraveling.
That is Whoa! He's talking like this about 0bama?!
— Heidi (@heidiponyrider) April 26, 2019
Sounds like he’s throwing Comey under the bus.
— Mark Winters (@mwintid) April 26, 2019
Well what do you know!
He's implicating Obama … I'll take that.
— ??BuckeyeGirl? (@CleGirl17) April 26, 2019
So who is lying, Obama or Comey? Now it’s really getting interesting!!!!!
— Mint (@Babbas70) April 26, 2019
.@barackobama claims his Presidency was ‘scandal free’…
Easy to be scandal free when 0bama himself is squashing FBI investigations.
— Legal Terrorist & #Nationalist ?? (@_Black_Hat_) April 26, 2019
It's gonna all come out very soon. https://t.co/oumSsnW1Iy
— Born on the 4th of July ?? ?? ?? (@AmericanAF6) April 26, 2019
Time will tell.