After President Trump attacked one of his favorite targets, the F.B.I., in a signature Twitterstorm two days ago, an already-fed-up intelligence community is biding its time as it prepares to take down the most corrupt administration in U.S. history for conspiracy with Russia against our democratic system, obstruction of justice, money laundering, tax evasion, and more.
After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters – worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017
Today, without calling him by name, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein took a not-so-subtle jab at the Liar-in-Chief.
Rosenstein gave a speech at the Justice Department’s Criminal Division Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. today, in which he said:
[M]any times, people get criticized even when they do the right thing. That is the nature of our work . . . Promoting public confidence in our work is sometimes challenging, particularly in the modern era of nonstop so-called breaking news. Talking heads and commentators are not constrained by the need to find credible eyewitnesses and determine the facts beyond any reasonable doubt before reaching a verdict. Sometimes critics are not constrained by the facts at all. But we must remain focused on the things that matter.
“People get criticized even when they do the right thing.” That statement harkens back to a sore point for most F.B.I. agents, Trump’s firing of former F.B.I. chief, James Comey, for refusing to help Trump obstruct justice around the bureau’s investigation of now-convicted National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn.
“Sometimes critics are not constrained by the facts at all.” Here, one can only imagine Rosenstein is referring to Trump himself, who constantly makes up lies about the F.B.I. to try to convince the public that the agency is engaged in a “witch hunt” and not a credible investigation to maintain the integrity of our electoral system and democratic institutions.
Trump consistently undermines the F.B.I. and other intelligence agencies, choosing Russian president Vladimir Putin’s word over theirs, a habit that negates the hard and courageous work of one of the nation’s most important institutions, which though not always perfect, sets out to protect the freedoms to which our nation aspires. His demeaning, prejudicial comments leave agents feeling demoralized and discouraged.
Rosenstein — the man Trump blamed for his firing of Comey and the very same who then appointed Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller to take over the Russia investigation — spoke to those beleaguered agents to try to lift their spirits, reinvigorate their mission, and remind them that their purpose is greater than the vicissitudes of the 24-hour news cycle or the paranoid ravings of the madman in the Oval Office.
As Rosenstein said to those F.B.I. agents today, “We must remain focused on the things that matter.” Nothing matters more than proving the case against Donald Trump and removing him from office.