Rosenstein Tells Senate He Knew of Comey Firing Before He Wrote Memo

Ruben Ruiz
May 19, 2017

Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said that Rosenstein told the senators that he knew on Monday, the day before Comey was sacked, that Trump was going to fire him. "If I'm representing somebody, you don't say anything to anybody without talking to me first". In an interview days after firing Comey, Trump said that he was thinking of the Russian Federation probe as he chose to do it.

But according to a person close to the White House, Rosenstein was upset about the narrative that emerged from the White House the evening of May 9.

"He learned the president's decision to fire him and then he wrote his memo with his rationale", Sen.

Yet there's no question that Comey's firing at least temporarily hobbled Rosenstein's public standing.

Notably, it is highly unusual to appoint a prosecutor where there is no evidence of a crime being committed - as was the case with Obama's IRS targeting conservative organizations, his operatives running guns into Mexico, his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton transmitting classified information across a private insecure email server in effort to hide her communications from the public record, his Attorney General meeting with Bill Clinton, etc.

President Donald Trump lashed out at the appointment of a special counsel to investigate allegations that his campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election, tweeting Thursday that it is "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

Several lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have praised the appointment of Mueller, who is viewed by many to be just the man for the job. "And the reason we are in risky territory for Trump is once you've done the big one, once you get rid of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is pretty unusual, then you don't have a lot of bullets left".

For instance, McCaskill said that Senate and House investigators may not be able to offer immunity to some witnesses because it may interfere with Mueller's probe.

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That appointment will impede congressional committees' ability to conduct their own investigations, said Graham.

"I believe that's why we're having this investigation - to find out if in fact there was collusion", Mr Dent told CNN. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said.

"We still have questions and we'll be outlining those in the days ahead", Casey said.

Other presidents have faced similar investigations - at times raging behind the scenes - but none had a Twitter account that made their moments of self-pity and anger so public.

"We have two very different missions". Our investigation is a counterintelligence one. "I said, 'There's no place I'd rather be'".

"The Intelligence Committee in the Senate has to continue its work, and it should continue full throttle ahead", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said after the briefing.

The Senate investigation seems to have hit a roadblock, however. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., indicated Thursday morning that former National Security Director Michael Flynn had chosen not to comply with a subpoena issued for documents related to the Russian Federation probe. But a spokesman for the senator later said that Flynn still has time to comply if he chooses to. And he prepared for meetings with Trump meticulously, concerned that the businessman president who has no previous political experience in Washington or with the law would push against legal and ethical guardrails.

"That was a consistent statement of his throughout", Murphy said.

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