Deputy Attorney General to brief Senate on Comey firing

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The full Senate will be briefed this week by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein regarding President Trump’s termination of FBI Director James Comey.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer invited Rosenstein to testify, and Schumer’s office confirmed Friday that the invitation has been accepted.

“Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s office has confirmed to Senator Schumer’s office that Mr. Rosenstein will come to brief the full Senate next week. The time and date are still being worked out,” Schumer’s spokesman, Matt House, said in a statement.

Rosenstein submitted a memo to the president outlining the case for Comey’s dismissal. The White House initially cited the memo as justification for Trump’s termination of Comey, yet Trump later claimed that he would have fired Comey regardless of Rosenstein’s memo.

Controversy over Comey’s dismissal continues to swirl, and Rosenstein’s responses to inquiries from the Senators might shed light on a still contentious situation that appears far from resolution.

Following the dismissal of Comey, Schumer issued a list of Democratic demands—including the appointment of a special counsel to spearhead the Russian collusion investigation. Schumer noted that Democrats would not accept a special counsel appointed by Rosenstein, but by the highest-ranking civil servant at the Department of Justice.

 

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