House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is insisting that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein brief all House members regarding his role in the termination of FBI Director James Comey. Her demands were sent to Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.
Earlier Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that Rosenstein would appear before the full Senate for a briefing on Thursday afternoon.
A similar appearance before the House has not been announced. According to a spokesperson for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), as of Monday there was “no update” on a request for a briefing.
Rosenstein has been in the center of the controversy brewing since last week after the Trump administration cited a memo written by Rosenstein as the basis for Comey’s dismissal.
“In the days since the firing of Director Comey, there has been a distressing disparity of information being made available to the Senate but not to the House,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to Ryan on Monday questioning whether appearances before the House would be requested from Rosenstein and Comey.
“The people’s representatives on both sides of the Capitol must have the opportunity to hear from and interrogate the key figures in the FBI Director’s firing. The American people deserve to know the truth,” Pelosi wrote.
Comey declined an invitation from the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify in a closed session about his termination, but asserted that he is willing to speak in a public hearing.
The White House initially cited a memo from Rosenstein outlining Comey’s mishandling of the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as the reason for his firing. But in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, President Trump contended that he planned to fire Comey “regardless of recommendation.”
“When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story,’” Trump said to Holt.
Members of the House return Tuesday evening from an 11-day recess, making this the first time most legislators will be in Washington since Comey’s dismissal.
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