May 19, 2017
Several Senators told reporters Thursday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein knew the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey had been made before he drafted his memo recommending that course of action.
Rosenstein addressed Senators at a closed-door briefing in the wake of his decision to appoint a special counsel, ex-FBI Director Robert Mueller, to oversee all investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential related misconduct.
Rosenstein’s memo, on which President Trump purportedly relied in coming to his decision to dismiss Comey, referenced Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation as a grounds for dismissal.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) was the first to share Rosenstein’s acknowledgement that he had prior knowledge of the president’s decision. “[Rosenstein] did acknowledge he knew Comey was going to be removed prior to him writing his memo,” she told the staked out reporters.
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