Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum this week that provided some enlightening insight into his take on the infamous memos written and leaked by former FBI Director James Comey.
“What was your reaction to that, when he said he leaked that information to the press?” MacCallum asked.
Rosenstein said he would not comment on that specific situation, which was his answer to a number of pointed questions about various topics. However, MacCallum asked, as a general principle, if it would every be proper for an FBI Director to take notes of a conversation with the President and leak them to the press.
“We take confidentiality seriously, and so when we have memoranda about our ongoing matters, we have an obligation to keep that confidential,” Rosenstein said.
When MacCallum said that based on that, her takeaway was that he would not approve of the release of any memo based on communication with the President. “The general proposition, I think, is quite clear.”
Rosenstein also addressed the issue of whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s personal relationship with Comey was an issue of concern, saying that it was not an issue.
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