The last few times I've written about ATF Chief Counsel Steve "the Spider" Rubenstein here and here, I got in trouble with the Arachnid Anti-Defamation League for comparing him to honest, hard-working spiders. So, not wanting to upset the honest arachnids this time, how about if I compare him to a rat leaving a sinking ship? For that is exactly what I hear is happening. I just received this short email announcement from Waldo:
ATF Chief Counsel Steve Rubenstein is retiring affective Jan 31.
No other details have been confirmed at this time, but it is certain that Rubenstein was hip deep in any number of ATF scandals, including the Gunwalker conspiracy and cover-up. My sources, who have had a belly-full of Rubenstein's anti-gun agenda over the years, say he will not be missed.
The only person who will likely be cut to the quick by Rubenstein's departure is Chuck Schumer, who, according to sources, was one of Rubenstein's big senatorial fans.
As the U.S.S. Gunwalker Plot goes down, Steve "The Rat" Rubenstein can be barely discerned in the water just off the starboard bow, tail and all.
LATER: I just learned that the acting Chief of Staff for the Acting Director, Greg Serres, will be the new Acting Chief Counsel. The thing is, they're all acting.