CNN's Don Lemon asks if Rosenstein is a 'double agent type'

CNN anchor Don LemonDon Carlton Lemon#FireChrisHayes trends after MSNBC host covers Biden sexual assault allegations Trump knocks MSNBC's 'Lyin' Brian Williams' Stacey Abrams on Tara Reade sexual assault allegation: 'I believe Joe Biden' MORE on Monday questioned whether outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinSenate Republicans issue first subpoena in Biden-Burisma probe Graham to release report on his probe into Russia investigation before election McConnell embraces subpoena of Obama-era officials MORE is a “double agent,” pointing to the content of Rosenstein’s resignation letter

Lemon asked fellow CNN host Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoCNN's Cuomo pulls out massive cotton swab to tease brother after live COVID-19 test Owner says he did not report crime after video shows man on property in neighborhood where Ahmaud Arbery was killed The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden campaign staffs up MORE his thoughts on Rosenstein, arguing that the 30-year Justice Department veteran's resignation letter served as "a big wet kiss" to the president.


"To give a big wet kiss to the president, if he read the whole letter, putting in superfluous things he didn't have to say, that’s all fine and dandy,"  Lemon said Monday night.

Rosenstein submitted his letter of resignation to Trump on Monday evening, stating that he will officially leave the Justice Department on May 11.

Despite being a frequent target of the president’s ire, Rosenstein was complimentary in his letter to Trump, thanking him for “the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations” in addition to “the opportunity to serve.”

Lemon noted that throughout Rosenstein’s tenure as deputy attorney general, he has been on both the president’s “good” and “bad” sides and said he’s been “partisan” at times with regard to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s Russia investigation and reports about his own firing.

Cuomo said that Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, appears to be “talking … more about the media” in his resignation letter.

Rosenstein appeared to take a jab at the media’s coverage of the Mueller probe in his resignation letter, stating that his agency enforces the law "without fear or favor" while ignoring "fleeting distractions" because "a republic that endures is not governed by the news cycle." 

“I’ve been wanting to ask you this. There have been reports about him, right?" Lemon asked Cuomo. "Do you think [Rosenstein is] a double agent type?”

Cuomo responded by describing the outgoing official as an “enigma.”

“I don’t know what to make of him. I say enigma. I don’t get it," Cuomo said. "They brought him to be an ax on [former FBI Director James] Comey, then he picks Mueller, [saying] you needed an outside source to process this because the president’s actions were so shady.

“Then he winds up taking the decision from Mueller and winds up in this letter talking about the news isn’t what matters. It’s, you know, our job.”