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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stands by the memo he wrote which listed former FBI Director Comey’s alleged offenses. The White House cited the memo as a reason for canning Comey.
Rosenstein briefed both the Senate and House in the last two days.
Records - Fox - News - Rosenstein - Concerns
According to records obtained by Fox News, Rosenstein said, “among the concerns that I recall were to restore the credibility of the FBI, respect the established authority of the Department of Justice, limit public statements and eliminate leaks.”
Rosenstein’s full statement provides a robust defense of his own actions, and a more complex and nuanced timeline leading up to Comey’s ouster.
Judgments - May - Memo - Comey - Clinton
He reiterated his judgments from the May 9 memo, saying Comey mishandled the Clinton email investigation. Rosenstein said Comey “usurped” the authority of the Justice Department, first with his July 2016 press conference outlining Clinton’s alleged offenses and recommending no charges, and second with his October call to notify Congress the probe was being reopened.
Rosenstein said he also discussed “the need for new leadership at the FBI” with Jeff Sessions – then a senator, now the attorney general – last winter.
Concerns - Credibility - FBI - Authority - Department
“Among the concerns that I recall were to restore the credibility of the FBI, respect the established authority of the Department of Justice, limit public statements and eliminate leaks,” he said.
He said he learned on May 8 that Trump intended to remove Comey and “sought my advice and input.”
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He said in the statement, “Notwithstanding my personal affection for Director Comey, I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader.” Rosenstein said he then wrote the memo summarizing his “longstanding concerns” with Comey.
“I chose the issues to include in my memorandum,” he said, adding it was reviewed by a senior career attorney.
Rosenstein has been accused of “was somehow put...
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