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DOJ sends Twitter into tailspin with cryptic warning not to trust stories with ‘anonymous’ sources

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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.

“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.

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“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.

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.

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