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The Courtesy of Donald Trump

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Say this for Rod Rosenstein, you can’t say he left office with any dignity whatsoever:

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein officially submitted his letter of resignation today to President Donald Trump, bringing an end to his tumultuous two-year tenure at the Department of Justice. Though Rosenstein’s exit has been in the works for some time—his replacement, Transportation Department official Jeffrey Rosen, has already been named—his exit still brought some surprises, as the former overseer of Robert Mueller‘s investigation used his letter to praise Trump, a man who’s described Rosenstein as an “agent of Russia” and retweeted a photo of him behind bars.

In his resignation letter, Rosenstein said he was “grateful” to Trump for “the opportunity to serve; for the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations; and for the goals you set in your inaugural address: patriotism, unity, safety, education, and prosperity, because ‘a nation exists to serve its citizens.’” The decision to single out Trump’s “courtesy” comes even as the president frequently targeted Rosenstein as the leader of Mueller’s so-called “WITCH HUNT” against the Trump campaign. Trump had blasted Rosenstein on Twitter as recently as February for “illegal and treasonous” acts with former acting F.B.I. director Andrew McCabe, after McCabe claimed on 60 Minutes that he and Rosenstein had discussed removing Trump from office via the 25th Amendment. (Rosenstein denies the allegations.)

Hey, if your self-respect is what you have to give up to maximize your returns in the legal wing of the wingnut welfare circuit, I guess what choices do you have.

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