aside Who The Heck Is This Rod Rosenstein?

Rod Rosenstein (Credit: Salon/Flora Thevoux)

A week ago, few knew who was this Rod Rosenstein, the gentleman who became the latest road kill by our republican President Donald Trump. Little did Mr. Rosenstein know that his boss the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the president were waiting until he was hired  to be the Deputy Attorney General in April 2017, before they did their planned dirty deed. They needed to have the right person in place before they could finally take steps to curtail this FBI Trump/ Russian inquiry by firing its leader, the FBI Director James Comey on 5/9/17.

As per President Trump’s directive, all the newby, Rod Rosenstein had been required to do, was pen a memo which was critical of the FBI director without ever referring to the word “Russia.”

Here is the rest of the story…  

On 5/13/17, Bill Scheft of Salon penned the following satire, Who in the hell is Rod Rosenstein? Everything you were afraid to ask about this suddenly important person

“Salon(In this brand new, hastily conceived premise, Salon will use the otherwise unlimited space of the site to profile a person in the news who has until recently lived largely under the radar. And by under the radar, we mean above gratuitous satire.)”

FULL NAME: Rod Rosenstein N. Gildenkrantz

TWITTER: @notapatsy5

CURRENT GIG: (as of midnight press deadline) Deputy Attorney General

Rosenstein was confirmed by the Senate on April 26 by a vote of 94-6. April 26, coincidentally, was the inaugural “Take Your Fake Bipartisan Support to Work Day” on Capitol Hill.

 LAST 5 DOJ J-O-Bs:

  1. Acting Deputy Attorney General
  2. Rehearsing Deputy Attorney General
  3. Auditioning Deputy Attorney General
  4. Attorney Colonel
  5. Executive Gavel Varnisher

EDUCATION: Wharton School (Summa Cum Laude), 1986; Harvard Law School (Cum Laude), 1989; Editor, Harvard Law Review; Inducted into Overachieving Résumé Hall of Fame, 1991

Image result for cartoon rod rosensteinMY MARYLAND: Before venturing swampward, Rosenstein was the longest-serving U.S. Attorney in history. As U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, he served under both Republican and Democratic presidents, which seems kind of adorable right now. During his tenure, he oversaw marked decreases statewide in violent crime and was responsible for the conviction of numerous corrupt Maryland policemen who didn’t ride in the back of a transport van in Baltimore. In a 2007 Q&A with the Baltimore Business Journal, he explained his job as lead prosecutor to his daughters by telling them, “I help catch bad guys.” To which his youngest daughter replied, “You’re Spiderman? Holy shit!”

Image result for cartoon rod rosensteinMEMORANDUMB: Rosenstein came to national, uh, prominence, yeah, prominence, earlier this week when he was credited with authoring a three-page memo to his boss Jeff Sessions which gave grounds for President Trump to dismiss FBI chief James Comey. In the memo to Sessions, Rosenstein wrote, “I cannot defend the director’s handling of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails. Almost everyone agrees the director made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives…. No puppet. No puppet. You’re the puppet!”

When the memo was finally released, it contained two and a half pages of grievances against Comey, and a half-page list of rates for Sean Spicer to hide in and trim your bushes.

HMMMMMM: The day before he was fired as FBI Director, Comey asked Rosenstein for more funding for the department’s ongoing investigation of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Rosenstein was overheard saying, “Why is it always about money with you gentiles?”

8 comments

  1. Mz. Gronda,
    Is it not time that congress pass a law that requires any confirmation hearing includes the person being confirmed take an oath of loyalty to the people of this nation and its constitution, and not to any other entity?

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      All these peoples who are confirmed already take this pledge which is why all of this is so galling. Where is their honor, integrity and decency? Who do they serve? Is it their own self interests, the interests of their party first or is it to protect the constitution, this country and its peoples?

      The following is from Wikipedia:

      “The Constitution (Article VI, clause 3) also specifies:”

      “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

      “At the start of each new U.S. Congress, in January of every odd-numbered year, newly elected or re-elected Members of Congress – the entire House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate – must recite an oath:”

      “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

      “This oath is also taken by the Vice President, members of the Cabinet, federal judges and all other civil and military officers and federal employees other than the President.”

      Ciao, Gronda

  2. Rod needs to step up to his reputation and be as professional as he can be. People who enabled Nixon went to jail. And, many of them were professional servants of the public before they met the paranoid President.

    • Dear Keith,

      He is in law enforcement. There is no respect by the “rank and file” folks for someone they determine to be a RAT.

      HE IS NEW TO THIS POSITION AND AREA OF EMPLOYMENT. There has been no resevoir of good will that has been established over time. He is toast..
      Ciao, Gronda

  3. LOL, his FULL NAME: Rod Rosenstein N. Gildenkrantz?! This must be a figurative play-on Shakespeare’s adapted play, “Rosenkrantz and Gildenstein are Dead” by Tom Stoppard.

    Heck, I still remember a few lines from my highschool Hamlet:

    Hamlet (Trump): My excellent good friends! How dost thou, Guildenstern? Ah, Rosencrantz! Good lads, how do ye both?

    Rosencrantz (RR). As the indifferent children of the earth.

    Hamlet (Trump): Why, then ’tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. To me it is a prison.

    Rosencrantz (RR): Why, then your ambition makes it one. ‘Tis too narrow for your mind.

    Hamlet (Trump): A dream itself is but a shadow.

    Rosencrantz (RR): Truly, and I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality that it is but a shadow’s shadow.

    Hamlet (Trump): He that plays the king shall be welcome- his Majesty shall have tribute of me; the adventurous knight shall use his foil and target; the lover shall not sigh gratis; the humorous man shall end his part in peace; the clown shall make those laugh whose lungs are tickle o’ th’ sere; and the lady shall say her mind
    freely, or the blank verse shall halt for’t. What players are they?

    Rosencrantz (RR): Even those you were wont to take such delight in, the tragedians of the city.

    Hamlet: What, are they children? Who maintains ’em? How are they escoted? Will they pursue the quality no longer than they can sing? Will they not say afterwards, if they should grow themselves to common players (as it is most like, if their means are no better), their writers do them wrong to make them exclaim against their own succession.

    Rosencrantz: Faith, there has been much to do on both sides; and the nation holds it no sin to tarre them to controversy. There was, for a while, no money bid for argument unless the poet and the player went to cuffs in the question.

    Hamlet (Trump): We shall obey, were she ten times our mother. Have you any further trade with us?

    Rosencrantz (RR): My lord, you once did love me.

    Hamlet. And do still, by these pickers and stealers!

    Rosencrantz. Good my lord, what is your cause of distemper? You do surely bar the door upon your own liberty, if you deny your griefs to your friend.

    Guildenstern. We will ourselves provide. Most holy and religious fear it is To keep those many many bodies safe That live and feed upon your Majesty.

    Rosencrantz. The single and peculiar life is bound
    With all the strength and armour of the mind
    To keep itself from noyance; but much more
    That spirit upon whose weal depends and rests
    The lives of many. The cesse of majesty
    Dies not alone, but like a gulf doth draw
    What’s near it with it. It is a massy wheel,
    Fix’d on the summit of the highest mount,
    To whose huge spokes ten thousand lesser things
    Are mortis’d and adjoin’d; which when it falls,
    Each small annexment, petty consequence,
    Attends the boist’rous ruin. Never alone
    Did the king sigh, but with a general groan.

    Don’t you just love tragic comedies, dialogue still hold true to this day!

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      To me his WH drama is more like a tragic opera where everything the king touches goes poorly. He finally figures out that somehow he is being betrayed.

      As he looks upon all his counselors, he keeps looking with suspicion to ascribe blame to explain why everything is going poorly. Someone is being disloyal. But they all pretend to be his friends. Meanwhile he goes insane because nothing makes sense to him.

      He is having a miserable time and it is tragic.

      Hugs, Gronda

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