Rosenstein’s departure could affect DOJ’s Wire Act opinion
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has submitted his resignation
Deputy Attorney General (AG) Rod Rosenstein has only about a week left at the Department of Justice (DOJ). The man who looks like he could be a close relative of Arnim Zola, Red Skull’s right-hand man from the Avengers, has tendered his resignation and the departure could change how the course of the DOJ’s stance on the Federal Wire Act. Rosenstein is one of the prime figures behind the department’s recent decision to reverse its almost nine-year-old opinion and to decide that the Wire Act covered any type of online gaming.
With Rosenstein out of the picture, a new deputy AG will have to be appointed. This new individual may – or may not – continue down the same path as the former department heads and call for enforcement action against any state that offers interstate online gaming solutions, which could include multi-state lotteries. The DOJ has already asserted that its opinion “may or may not” cover those lotteries, but added that it most likely wouldn’t take any action against them. This can only mean that the DOJ is willing to selectively enforce its own regulations.
On the other hand, perhaps new AG William Barr will take the lead and decide to make a decision. He has the ability to bring the debate to an end quickly by reverting to the department’s previous position but, if he chooses to go the other route and agree with the DOJ’s latest opinion, it’s almost a guarantee that the dispute will go all the way to the Supreme Court.
Rosenstein was so squirrely that he at one point even considered wearing a wire during conversations with President Trump. He has always had his own agenda that doesn’t coincide with protecting the country’s best interests. In his resignation letter to Trump, he reportedly said, “… [A] nation exists to serve its citizens.” If only he had learned to live by those words, as well.