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Rod Rosenstein Has Stockholm Syndrome Says Former FBI Assistant Director

Rod Rosenstein’s tenure as acting Attorney General has been a tumultuous one. There were rumors, at one point, that he planned on invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president. The Freedom Caucus had reportedly discussed impeaching Rosenstein in an effort to undermine the Mueller investigation.

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 26: U.S. Attorney General William Barr (L) and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (R) attend a Department of Justice African American History Month Observance Program at the Department of Justice February 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In the end, however, the acting AG stepped aside, allowing William Barr to deliver a heavily redacted report to congress. Former FBI Assistant Director, Frank Figliuzzi, found Rosenstein’s departure to be odd and theorized he may be a victim of Stockholm syndrome.

Figliuzzi made the claim Tuesday during an appearance on Deadline Whitehouse hosted by Nicolle Wallace.

“Stockholm syndrome,” the former FBI agent posited. “Hostage negotiators, they study this phenomenon of people held captive and abused where they start aligning their thoughts and start agreeing with their captors. It looks a lot like Rod Rosenstein. I think he’s got Stockholm syndrome, I think he’s been beaten and abused and he’s essentially given up.”

Figliuzzi futher explained, “There’s a best case scenario where he’s trying to restore public trust and confidence in the DOJ. But by trying that, he’s actually deluding the public.”

Host Nicolle Wallace, supporting Figliuzzi’s theory, also took issue with Rosenstein’s letter. “The idea he would want to please Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows and Donald Trump by really praising the president, quoting him, and writing a letter in his final act that really sucks up to President Trump,” the host said, “is completely bizarre… incredibly surreal.”

You can watch the segment here:



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