(Tea Party PAC) – While he was serving as Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein decried leaks in the agency, saying that “Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials’…”
“Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations,” he warned in a statement in June of 2017. “The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.”
Through a FOIA request, BuzzFeed has obtained a tranche of emails from the DOJ showing that Rosenstein offered to be one of the “anonymous officials.”
Roughly two weeks before Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel, he emailed a reporter whose name has been redacted by BuzzFeed, telling them he would be open to giving “off the record background or reportable details.”
“If the latter, I should include OPA,” Rosenstein said in an email.
In another email dated May 12, 2017, Rosenstein replied to a reporter asking about a CNN story claiming that he’d stated he did “not see the need for a special prosecutor.”
This was just five days before he appointed Mueller, by the way.
“Off the record: I have not said anything about that,” Rosenstein responded.
In this same time frame, Rosenstein also told a reporter “off the record” that he’d never offered to resign after stories were circulating that he was already on his way out.
“None of these stories are from me,” Rosenstein said.
He then offered to sit down with them “if/when this blows over.”
In 2017, Rod Rosenstein issued a statement decrying leaks & saying people should be skeptical of stories attributed to anonymous officials
— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) September 19, 2019
Last September, the New York Times reported that Rosenstein offered to wear a wire to record President Trump to try to build a case for the 25th Amendment as a means to get him removed from office.