Rod Rosenstein ‘Stands By’ The Memo Trump Used To Justify Firing James Comey
WASHINGTON ― Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who offered a memo used to justify President Donald Trump’s termination of former FBI Director James Comey, told members of Congress on Friday that he’d discussed the need for new leadership at the FBI with Attorney General Jeff Sessions long before Trump fired Comey.
Rosenstein told members of Congress he knew that Trump planned to fire Comey before he wrote his memo. Rosenstein told members of the House of Representatives that he respected Comey, but believed his public handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails went against DOJ regulations.
Comey’s July 5 press conference, Rosenstein said, “was profoundly wrong and unfair both to the Department of Justice and Secretary Clinton.” The press conference “explicitly usurped the role of the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General and the entire Department of Justice; it violated deeply engrained rules and traditions; and it guaranteed that some people would accuse the FBI of interfering in the election.”
Some members of Congress who attended the Friday briefing were disappointed by Rosenstein’s explanations.
Rosenstein briefing “a complete waste of time” per Dave Trott
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) May 19, 2017
Just came out of the House briefing by the Deputy AG. It renewed my confidence that we should have no confidence in this Administration.
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) May 19, 2017
Overheard from one lawmaker on Rosenstein meeting: “That’s 30 minutes of my life I’m never getting back”
— Al Weaver (@alweaver22) May 19, 2017
The House meeting followed a similar […]