Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will brief all U.S. senators Thursday on the ouster of FBI Director James Comey, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today.
The White House initially cited a scathing memo Rosenstein wrote about Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation last year as part of its justification for firing Comey. However, Trump later told NBC News that he would have fired the FBI director “regardless” of what the Justice Department said.
Reports have indicated that Rosenstein expressed concerns about how the Trump administration portrayed his role in Comey’s termination. But the deputy attorney general denied reports that he threatened to quit over the White House’s handling of the Comey firing.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had called for a briefing from Rosenstein, and he and McConnell invited the deputy attorney general last week. After Trump’s comments to NBC, Schumer said “the need for these briefings is even greater.” Read more at CNBC.