And, like the rest of us, admits it's a total head scratcher:
Replying to @shipwreckedcrew
Who the f*ck was advising Trump on DOJ appointments before Barr showed up?
I have always wondered who "championed" RR as DAG. Makes very little sense to me. He was Maryland US Attorney, and had no DOJ time that I can find. Very unusual, especially with a DOJ outsider like Sessions as AG.
There is no rational explanation other than he was a "stealth" resistance guy, likely put in place by some Bush DOJ NeverTrumpers who wanted him to just keep everyone else away from the Trump-Russia investigation.
Admittedly, Rosenstein was, at the time of his DAG appointment, the nation's longest serving US Attorney. He's also a smart lawyer--on paper. But paper smarts don't tell you about character and judgment. So imagine a guy with that background offering, as one of his first significant decisions as Deputy AG, to wear a wire against the POTUS on behalf of a total nutter like Andy McCabe.
The only way to figure that is that he thought he was doing the bidding of some very powerful DC actors. Someone told him, Rod, your job is to appoint Mueller and step out of the way.
When all is said and done, this question will be one of the really big ones in the entire Russia Hoax, because without RR in place it really goes nowhere. And if he's actually looking deeply at the merits of it all--as was his duty--it goes nowhere in a very big hurry and in a very big way.
Fortunately, Mitch McConnell got his act together, Bill Barr stepped in and told RR--Rod, time to go back to Maryland.