Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein blasts the former Obama administration and former FBI Director James Comey for their roles within the nearly two-year Russia probe.
Rosenstein criticized Obama during a private dinner on Thursday in New York slamming the former president for misleading the public on Russian hacking efforts during the 2016 election.
The deputy attorney general blasted him for choosing not to “publicize the full story” to the American people.
Rosenstein continued by slamming Comey for disclosing to lawmakers the counterintelligence probe regarding Russian collusion could “result in criminal charges.”
Rosenstein also defended his own handling of the investigation and his behavior throughout the process.
Rod Rosenstein speaking in NYC:
“Last week, the big topic of discussion was, what were you thinking when you stood behind Bill Barr at that press conference with a deadpan expression?”
“The answer is: I was thinking, ‘My job is to stand here with a deadpan expression.'” pic.twitter.com/t3vvi7Q9VH
— Philip Bump (@pbump) April 26, 2019
The deputy attorney general’s remarks come as President Trump has repeatedly called for further inquiry into the suspected bias at the Department of Justice amid the Russia investigation.
This comes after texts surfaced between former FBI officials Peter Strzok and his lover Lisa Page which indicated the pair were targeting people within the Trump administration they could “develop for potential relationships.”
The duo have been scrutinized in the past for indicating animosity toward President Trump while still being involved in what the president has called a partisan investigation.
“That’s enough,” says @POTUS of House and Senate Committee investigations. “We’ve got to run a country,” he says. “This is a pure political witchhunt. We did nothing wrong.” “If I’m guitlty of anything its that I’ve been a great president and the democrats don’t like it.” pic.twitter.com/vwA6asVO8D
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 26, 2019
President Trump since slammed the recent texts between Strzok and Page calling the remarks “disconcerting” and suggested “they were trying to infiltrate the administration.”