Rumor Control: Rod Rosenstein Has Resigned

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Jonathan Swan, who is usually dependable, reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has verbally resigned. If this is true, it gives President Trump the opportunity to nominate a new deputy AG who will be a more reliable lackey. Since the deputy AG is the person who oversees the Mueller investigation, this could go a long way toward reining in the Russia investigation.

I think Brett Kavanaugh would be a great choice: he’s had a long career as a loyal Republican hack, and he’d have no problem crushing the Russia investigation if that’s what Trump tells him to do. After a bit of time has passed, Trump could then fire Jeff Sessions and nominate Kavanaugh as Attorney General to make up for losing the Supreme Court seat. What could go wrong?

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