Jennifer Rubin’s Distinguished Pol of the Week: Rod J. Rosenstein
And she describes why in a very good blog post:
His soon-to-be-boss Jeff Sessions threw away his own credibility by foolishly misleading the Senate and failing to correct the record on his contacts with Russian officials. By contrast, Rod J. Rosenstein, nominee for deputy attorney general, demonstrated how lawyers serving the public should behave. He pledged to ensure every investigation was conducted “independently ” — that is, free of bias and partisanship. He promised to review whether a special prosecutor would be needed to investigate President Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia. However, he appropriately would not prospectively commit to appointing one. He was firm, polite and precise in his testimony, exactly the qualities you would want in a high-ranking Justice Department figure.
Rosenstein would be the only one in the administration who could restore credibility to the Justice Department and reaffirm that everyone, including the president, must abide by the law. As Newsweek reported, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said she favors “the idea of getting a seasoned prosecutor who has served under both a Republican and Democratic president into this role.” Newsweek quotes Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) as praising Rosenstein’s willingness to stand up to the president, when needed. (“When those circumstances present themselves, it calls upon those highest traditions of honor and independence to perform effectively. Rod Rosenstein seems to come out of that tradition.”)
Unlike Sessions, who exudes ideological fervor, Rosenstein comes across as reasoned and measured. Those who know him say they cannot say which way he leans politically. He has served in the Justice Department in one capacity or another under presidents of both parties for 26 years, currently as a U.S. attorney in Maryland. He has prosecuted political corruption cases and was part of the Monica Lewinsky investigation during Bill Clinton’s presidency. Both of Maryland’s Democratic senators enthusiastically support him. . .
Somehow I am growing averse to bad news—like trying to drink from a fire hose—so I am very pleased to blog this and shall look for more silver linings (in what still seems to be a very dark cloud).