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Ben Folds song 'Mister Peepers' pays tribute to Rosenstein
Musician Ben Folds released a song on Monday paying tribute to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and his performance during a testy House committee hearing earlier this year.
The song's title, "Mister Peepers," is a reference to President Trump's reported nickname for Rosenstein, whom the president has publicly criticized in the past. The song was released as part of an alternative storytelling project for The Washington Post Magazine that includes songs, poems and other ways of relaying news of the day.
Folds sings in the chorus:
"So they call him Mister Peepers, send some thugs to smash his glasses;
If he's gone and peeped the wrong thing, then they'll burn his name to ashes;
What's the rule of law, if we can't establish what a fact is?
There ain't nothing here to see, folks, move along, ah move along."
Folds spends much of the song recounting a June hearing before the House Judiciary Committee during which a group of conservatives grilled Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray over what they view as inaction on a series of requests for sensitive documents pertaining to the Russia investigation.
The song accuses Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who clashed with Rosenstein, of lying during the hearing, referring to the House Freedom Caucus member as the "distinguished wrestler from Ohio," a reference to accusations that decades ago Jordan ignored evidence of sexual abuse as a coach on the Ohio State wrestling team, claims he has denied.
The song praises Rosenstein for standing up to conservative lawmakers, and concludes with a warning about the deputy attorney general's potential departure.
"Aren't we all the keepers, of this fragile young Republic?
And when all those Mister Peepers people fall...
Lord help us all," Folds sings.
Conservatives have made Rosenstein a primary target in their ongoing complaints about perceived bias within the Department of Justice. A group of lawmakers introduced articles of impeachment against Rosenstein in late July, but later backed down in the face of opposition from GOP leadership.