Ten days after the deed was done, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and President Donald Trump still aren’t on the same page about why FBI Director James Comey was fired amid an active FBI investigation into Trump’s campaign for possible collusion with Russia.
During a Thursday afternoon closed-door meeting with senators at the Capitol, Rosenstein confirmed what Trump admitted during an interview last week: that the president had decided to fire Comey before Rosenstein was asked to write a memo justifying the move. (Rosenstein wouldn’t say whether Trump or Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who promised to recuse himself from Trump-Russia matters, made the request.)
Rosenstein’s revelation is significant. It indicates the White House’s initial rationale for Comey’s firing —that “President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions,” as Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement — was a lie.
The truth is more likely what Trump told NBC News on May 11: He fired Comey because he was frustrated about the escalating FBI investigation of his campaign. Read full story