Rod Rosenstein just said that being transparent is not always the right thing to do in government. Specifically he claimed that prosecutors should not publicly charge people they do not later prosecute, as the Associated Press reports:
“There’s a knee-jerk reaction to suggest that we should be transparent about what we do in government,” Rosenstein said. “But there are a lot of reasons not to be transparent about what we do in government.”
He added: “There may be legitimate reasons for making exceptions, but as a general principle, in my view, the Department of Justice is best served when people are confident that … when we’re investigating American citizens in particular, we’re going to do it with appropriate sensitivity to the right of uncharged people.”
“The guidance I always gave my prosecutors and the agents I worked with during my tenure on the front lines of law enforcement were if we aren’t prepared to prove our case beyond a reasonable doubt in court,” Rosenstein said, “then we have no business making allegations against American citizens.”
Rosenstein’s comments stand in contrast to Democrats who want Mueller’s full report released no matter what.
Interesting to see Rod Rosenstein speak at a “Strategic Studies” conference discussing ‘Rule of Law.’ The real “strategy” = appearing there and not before Congress, under oath.
Still waiting to hear: Did Rosenstein discuss “wearing a wire” and secretly taping President Trump?
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) February 25, 2019
If you are expecting Mueller/DOJ to willingly release a report that blasts Trump or other, un-indicted people in his orbit, please read these remarks today from Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and supervised most of his investigation. The bold emphasis is mine. pic.twitter.com/cvd5yLQ1Qc
— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) February 25, 2019
Every day it sounds more and more like Rosenstein and Mueller are trying to tell Democrats there’s no evidence of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.
It’s going to be a hard letdown for a lot of people.
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