Rachel Maddow tackled the today’s breaking Mueller investigation news and Dana Boente‘s resignation as a perhaps-related two-fer in tonight’s episode of her MSNBC show.
Today, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Dana Boente, quit his job. While that might not seem significant, Boente had been working for the Justice Department, serving as acting deputy attorney general while Attorney General Jeff Sessions was being confirmed. After Rod Rosenstein stepped in, Boente then took over managing the everyday operations at the Justice Department until a replacement could be hired. He ultimately ended up working in five different jobs all while still serving as a U.S. Attorney.
Just two days ago, Boente told a friend that he was eager to get back to his U.S. Attorney position and was handing off control. Friday, however, he abruptly resigned.
“We don’t know why [Boente quit]. We are trying to figure it out. We are literally actively trying, as I speak, to figure that out,” Maddow said.
Maddow then proceeded to make a mind-blowing speculative connection to tonight’s Mueller indictment news.
“Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking into whether or not the president obstructed justice when he fired the FBI director, James Comey,” Maddow noted. “James Comey has testified to Congress under oath that the president contacted him inappropriately, many times, to put pressure on him about the Russia investigation before he fired him. According to James Comey, one of the witnesses to one of those overtures by the president was Dana Boente.”
If Boente is a witness in the obstruction case, that might be a reason that he could no longer continue in his position.
Watch the segment below:
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