Former ethics czar under President Barack Obama, Norm Eisen, feels bad for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
During an interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, Eisen admitted he was passing not merely judgment but his own “human judgment” by the comment.
“I’ve had difficult clients over the years and I have no doubt that there was some expression from the White House whether probably came through Don McGann, the White House counsel, maybe through the chief of staff, Reince Priebus, ‘Can you say something about leaks,'” he said.
He went on to say that the deputy attorney general did the best he could under the circumstances but admitted that the statement released Thursday night by Rosenstein was a little unusual.
“The weirdest thing about it, Kate, was the suggestion that some of the officials may not even be American officials,” he continued. “The hint that it was coming from foreign sources. That was odd. So, I think that I would not have advised the deputy attorney general to do. If he’s going to do something, do something much more vanilla. Some day we’ll find out how that sausage was made. It was not a very tasty one.”
Watch the full exchange below: