According to Rosenstein's prepared remarks for his closed-door briefing before members of the House of Representatives and Senates, the future deputy attorney general writes that "in one of my first meetings with then-Senator Jeff Sessions last winter, we discussed the need for new leadership at the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
Donald Trump has refuted the claims made by a media report that he had asked sacked FBI Director James Comey to quash the agency's investigation into ties between his former national security adviser Mike Flynn and Russia."No", he said when he was asked about the report during a White House news conference yesterday.
Also Thursday afternoon, Rosenstein went to Capitol Hill and told the full Senate that the White House's initial account of Comey's firing was not accurate.
Rosenstein, who on Wednesday appointed a special counsel to investigate possible Russia-Trump campaign coordination during the 2016 presidential campaign, made his appearances before Congress as Trump was preparing to leave for his first foreign trip as president.
Although he piled on Comey in the memo and called for new leadership, he stopped short of calling for his firing. In his remarks, Rosenstein shared that he was dismayed by Comey's press conference from last July in which he "usurped" the Department of Justice and revealed findings from the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server. "Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it". "I stand by it", he said, according to the opening statement provided by senior Justice Department officials.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was returning to the Capitol on Friday for another closed-door session, this time with all members of the House.
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"He subsequently has said that he believed he was obligated to send the letter", Rosenstein said on Friday. "By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia", Spicer said. "The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. I also expect that Director Comey will be able to shed light on issues critical to this Committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election", said Senator Warner (D-Va.). Part of the reason was that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recently recused himself from the investigation.
In the remarks, Rosenstein said he learned a day before Comey's firing that Trump wanted to dismiss him. Patrick Leahy: 'I'm willing to appoint a special counsel, Senator, whenever I determine that it's appropriate based upon the policies and procedures of the Justice Department'.
Donald Trump has refuted the claims made by a media report that he had asked sacked FBI Director James Comey to quash the agency's investigation into ties between his former national security adviser Mike Flynn and Russian Federation.
"I also got a very, very strong recommendation, as you know, from the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein".
A number of lawmakers said Rosenstein also told them that Comey hadn't asked for more resources for the Russian Federation investigation before he was sacked as some reports had indicated. Richard Burr said, "No, I see it as a very positive thing".