Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will give his briefing to U.S. senators on Thursday about the decision of the Trump administration to fire James Comey as FBI director.
The scheduled briefing was confirmed by the office of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Republican senator from Kentucky invited Rosenstein to brief the lawmakers upon the request of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.
President Donald Trump fired Comey last week, which the White House initially said was because the president took the advice of Rosenstein, who wrote a letter recommending that Comey be dismissed because of his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
The narrative later changed when Trump said during an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt that he would have removed Comey with or without the recommendation from the deputy attorney general.
Rosenstein, who took office on April 26, has come under intense criticism from Democrats for making the recommendation to fire Comey.
Rosenstein is overseeing the ongoing investigation into the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from the probe.
The Daily Caller reports:
Rosenstein will likely be pressed by senators on Thursday over his interactions with the White House leading up to Comey’s firing. He and Sessions met with Trump last Monday, the eve of Comey’s ouster. Rosenstein was reportedly unhappy with the White House portraying him as the catalyst for Comey’s firing. The Wall Street Journal reported that he threatened to resign, though Rosenstein himself denied that he considered stepping down.