Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is standing by the memo he wrote that initially became the justification for President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, .
Rosenstein defended the memo during a briefing he delivered to lawmakers this week.
He also said that he met with then-Sen. Jeff Sessions last year to discuss the need for a “new leadership at the FBI.” Sessions has since become attorney general when Trump assumed office.
Although he reiterated to members of Congress that his memo “is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination,” he stands by the contents of that memo.
“I wrote it. I believe it. I stand by it,” Rosenstein said in the statement.
Rosenstein’s briefing also comes a week before appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian interference in last year’s presidential elections.
100% Fed Up reports:
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein doubled down today when he told Congress he stands by a memo he wrote that the White House has cited as a justification for the firing last week of FBI Director James Comey.
In closed-door meetings with lawmakers on Thursday and Friday, Rosenstein said he wrote the memo after President Donald Trump told him one day before the May 9 firing that he wanted to dismiss Comey. He said that though he was personally fond of Comey, “I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader.”