Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to brief senators Thursday on Comey’s firing

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will brief all senators on Thursday on the circumstances behind former FBI Director James Comey’s abrupt firing last week, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Monday.

The second-ranking DOJ official is facing increasing scrutiny on Capitol Hill for his role in Comey’s dismissal, which White House officials initially said was based on a three-page memo drafted by Rosenstein that laid out the rationale behind the firing.

President Donald Trump has since said he would have fired Comey regardless of Rosenstein’s recommendation. Two influential Democrats – Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee – have both said Rosenstein should resign unless he appoints a special prosecutor into the federal probe into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

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