Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein slammed the Obama administration's failure to "publicize" Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 election, according to the National Review.
Rosenstein - who recommended firing former FBI Director James Comey and then oversaw the special counsel investigation which ensued - said that the Obama administration did the public a disservice by choosing not to publicly reveal "the full story" of what authorities say happened.
"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," said Rosenstein in remarks to the Armenian Bar Association's Public Servants Dinner.
Rosenstein also slammed the 'selective leaking' of classified information to the news media.
"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."
Of the Russia probe, Rosenstein says,”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”— Carrie Johnson (@johnson_carrie) April 26, 2019
Rosenstein closes by blasting politically expedient politicos, “mercenary” critics, and reporters. “Some of the nonsense that passes for breaking news today would not be worth the paper was printed on, if anybody bothered to print it....The principles are what abide.”— Carrie Johnson (@johnson_carrie) April 26, 2019
Sorry he helped fire your buddy https://t.co/Gpym95hlUz— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) April 26, 2019
Maybe Obama had other reasons for not dropping the dime on Russia before the election? Hillary was supposed to have won after all, and claims of Russian election interference would likely have never seen the light of day.