Mini-thread: very disappointing. I thought better of @RodRosenstein.
Particularly damning is the semi-covert way in which @TheJusticeDept under Rosenstein released these texts, as a human interest story, which absolutely speaks to simple PR for Trump, an impermissible motive.
It clouds @petestrzok using an FBI device in this way, which, for various reasons, was not good, and why Mueller removed him at once from the investigation. I understand that may not be a popular observation but it needs making. Strzok endangered Mueller’s impartial reputation.
Strzok, unlike @NatSecLisa, was a field agent with long experience and it is not good that he would have such poor operational security. None of that - in any way - justified @RodRosenstein releasing their texts in that “off the record” “nudge nudge wink wink” prurient fashion.
The willingness to destroy the private lives of two @FBI employees, and to commit EXACTLY the same sin the Department was imputing to @PeterStrzok - the appearance of bias - speaks extremely poorly to Rosenstein’s motives in siding with Barr on obstruction.
has followed an exactly parallel path to @LindseyGrahamSC - from brave defense of the right to supine flattery of the powerful - and history will judge them both poorly for it.
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