Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein warned Americans to “exercise caution” when hearing news stories from anonymous sources.
Rosenstein’s statement issued on Thursday may have been alluding to the leaks coming from the ongoing investigation of alleged collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.
Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein just issued an unusual statement basically telling people not to believe leaks. pic.twitter.com/VqfDIm1cqY
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) June 16, 2017
“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country — let alone the branch or agency of government — with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations,” he said.
“The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations,” he added.
The statement was issued just hours after a report from the Washington Post stating that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating President Trump for possible obstruction of justice.
Journalists and others on Twitter found Rosentstein’s statement to be “odd,” “interesting,” “bizarre” and “strange,” among other things.
Strange new statement from Deputy AG Rosenstein on ‘anonymous allegations’, says “Americans should be skeptical”. pic.twitter.com/BxRCCvRWXg
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 16, 2017
Inbox: Bizarre statement from DAG Rosenstein pic.twitter.com/EVAUJpJWMP
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 16, 2017
What an odd statement – that feels consistent with the White House’s recent war on leaks pic.twitter.com/Ci1CZ3uE7I
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) June 16, 2017
Just strange: pic.twitter.com/fMqexi5nS2
— Adam Goldman (@adamgoldmanNYT) June 16, 2017
Tweets revealed a sense of mystery and wonder about what the deputy AG could have meant, and what could be on the horizon that he was hinting at.
What’s clear: Rod Rosenstein does not like anonymous sources.
What’s not: Why he’s putting out this bizarre statement. pic.twitter.com/W5gRIGtgRS
— Matt Viser (@mviser) June 16, 2017
Is he suggesting the sources for these stories are based in foreign countries? If so, super odd. https://t.co/AEUDZOvTdp
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) June 16, 2017
Rosenstein also seems to hint that the USG knows of some Five Eyes officials leaking, which would not be super surprising.
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) June 16, 2017
Have literally never seen a statement like this https://t.co/94zbnIqsVc
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 16, 2017
So…there are leaks about Trump that are coming from – or about to come from – OTHER countries? https://t.co/QoVkd8mo3Q
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) June 16, 2017
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Curious statement from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein: “Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations.” pic.twitter.com/31AdGlN9P4
— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) June 16, 2017
Theory: POTUS called him and said “put out a statement saying I’m not under investigation” and this was the best he could do. https://t.co/51JXCVN1vM
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 16, 2017
This is, um, an interesting statement from Rod Rosenstein pic.twitter.com/fjGkLL8ciY
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) June 16, 2017
Why would he put that out? Other than because he was told to.
— Rob (@RobV_13) June 16, 2017
This smells like a hostage statement. Which explains why it doesn’t make sense pic.twitter.com/8ugn7ZXPVV
— Robin C. McClary (@celestemc) June 16, 2017
He’s been directed to. He’s clearly working for 45.
— Alex LaCasse (@XanderCasse) June 16, 2017
I’m gonna guess Rosenstein got an angry phone call tonight. pic.twitter.com/5j7G2P4pY7
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) June 16, 2017
Perhaps there is a big story about to break based on foreign sources
— KK (@kapisth) June 16, 2017
strange. Trump’s own attorney called the leak “illegal” rather than calling it fake https://t.co/hOKuKJprnI
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) June 16, 2017
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