DOJ: No Reason For Rosenstein Recusal; "Nothing Has Changed"

What exactly is going on at the Department of Justice today?  That is the question that everyone should be asking themselves right about now.

Just a couple of hours ago, ABC warmed the hearts of disaffected Hillary voters all around the country when they reported, courtesy of anonymous sources of course, that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had "privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from" overseeing Special Counsel Mueller's Russia probe (see our note: "Rosenstein Says He May Need To Recuse Himself In Russia Probe: ABC").

This latest "bombshell" report drove an all new round of hysteria in Washington D.C. as people began to immediately speculate as to what new 'development' could have prompted Rosenstein's sudden change of heart on his own independence...clearly Trump must have threatened him, right?

Alas, it seems that it might have all just been more 'fake news' courtesy of more anonymous sources as the DOJ is now reporting that precisely "nothing has changed."  Per the Washington Post, here is the statement released by DOJ spokesman Ian Prior:

"As the deputy attorney general has said numerous times, if there comes a point when he needs to recuse, he will.  However, nothing has changed."



Of course, Trump's tweet, presumably directed at Rosenstein, from earlier this morning only served to add to the mass confusion... did the bizarre overnight statement from Rosenstein instructing Americans to ignore anonymously sourced news stories.

"Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials,' particularly when they do not identify the country — let alone the branch or agency of government — with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated."

Meanwhile, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, continues to repeat that she is growing “increasingly concerned” that Trump will try to fire special counsel Mueller and accusation that liberals continue to repeat despite the fact that even the Washington Post can't  seem to find an anonymous source willing to 'confirm' that such a proposal has even been floated within the Trump administration. 

"The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn’t apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired."

All of which brings us back to our original question:  What exactly is going on at the Department of Justice today?