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Washington, DC - 9 May 2019
1. Departing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, others enter
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jeff Sessions, Former Attorney General
"Having worked for independent counsel Ken Starr, Rod understood better than most, the nature of the special counsel its regulations, he concluded that justice would be best served by appointing a special counsel and he chose the respected Bob Mueller, all in accordance with the procedures of the Department of Justice."
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jeff Sessions, Former Attorney General
"Rod, you did your duty as it fell upon you. You didn't ask for. That's for sure. You initiated the process. You followed the regulations. The system worked its will. What more can a public servant do?"
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Christopher Wray, FBI Director
"And on behalf of the entire Dept. of Justice, we want to present you with this shadow box with gratitude for your service, for your friendship and your patriotism. We wish you all the best. in your next chapter."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) William Barr, Attorney General
"He's faced criticism from all corners, but has proven remarkably unflappable. And this in turn has shown that the department is unflappable in the face of public and political pressure. Rod you can leave here proud knowing that the department is better for your efforts and your leadership. You have left an indelible mark."
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rod Rosenstein, Departing Deputy Attorney General
"I joined the Department of Justice because I believe in the mission. I stayed because I believe in the people."
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rod Rosenstein, Departing Deputy Attorney General
"To those who taught me those who worked beside me and those who stood behind me I'm grateful for your friendship and I'm thankful for your accomplishments. I leave here confident justice is in good hands. It's in your hands."
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions joined his successor, William Barr, along with FBI Director Christopher Wray to bid farewell to departing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the Department of Justice Thursday.
"I joined the Department of Justice because I believe in the mission," said Rosenstein to his colleagues.
"I stayed because I believe in the people."
Sessions said that after he recused himself from the investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 presidential election, Rosenstein "chose the respected Bob Mueller, all in accordance with the procedures of the Department of Justice."
He said that Rosenstein followed the regulations and the system worked its will.
"What more can a public servant do" he asked.
Barr, who was confirmed as attorney general earlier this year, praised Rosenstein for the qualities he brought to the top level of the Justice Dept.
"Exceptional intelligence, sound judgment crafted from experience, composure even under the most intense pressure and scrutiny, and above all an upbeat spirit and keen sense of humor."
Rosenstein thanked his family and colleagues for supporting him during his years of service at the Justice Department.
"I leave here confident justice is in good hands. It's in your hands," he said.