Rod Rosenstein Knew Comey Was to be Fired Before He Wrote Memo

Cheryl Sanders
May 20, 2017

Following a rare briefing of the entire Senate by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Senator Lindsey Graham met with a pack of reporters on Capitol Hill to discuss the latest on the probe into Russian interference in the election.

In the statement as released by the White House, Trump said, "a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".

Durbin said that Rosenstein said that Mueller would draw the scope of the investigation, have sufficient resources and won't be interfered with by the administration.

However, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida did not come to the same conclusion.

"I believe it hurts our country terribly", Trump told network anchors during a luncheon Thursday afternoon at the White House.

After Trump ousted Comey, the White House first said the president did so because of a Justice Department memo criticizing the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief's performance.

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!". The Justice Department on May 17, 2017, appointed Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

Senators also said they are confident Mueller has been given the authority he needs to effectively take the investigation wherever it needs to go.

USA senators of both political parties said Thursday that the public's window into federal probes involving Russian Federation and related matters could be constrained now that a special counsel has been appointed to lead the probe.

"After my 10th day on my new job in Washington, D.C., a friend sent me a text message that said, 'You need to get out of there!'" Rosenstein said. "And I think this shows a very divided country".

In his first on-camera remarks amid burgeoning scandals engulfing his White House, President Trump denied he asked then-FBI Director James Comey to scuttle an investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. "Mr. Rosenstein has done the right thing", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on the Senate floor.

Representative Carlos Curbelo, a Florida Republican, said on CNN that Trump's dismissal of the investigation as a "witch hunt" was "unfortunate".

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former CT attorney general, told reporters, "The special prosecutor is doing an investigation of criminal allegations that are extremely serious, including possible obstruction of justice".

US President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey and said he did not ask Comey to end his probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Rosenstein threatened to resign from the Justice Department because of the explanation that White House officials were giving reporters about the firing, said the person close to the White House, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The fresh controversy will increase pressure on Mr. Comey to testify before the Congress, which could expose the President to new vulnerabilities.

Trump also changed his story once again about the circumstances surrounding Comey's firing, returning again to the White House's original rationale that he based his decision on Rosenstein's recommendation. That telling cast Rosenstein as the prime person behind the decision to fire Comey, even though Trump later stated that he already had chose to termination the director before asking Rosenstein for the memo.

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