Politics Justice official says he stands by critical memo on Comey

21:21  19 may  2017
21:21  19 may  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Here’s why the Trump administration says Comey was fired

  Here’s why the Trump administration says Comey was fired The rationale for the firing of FBI Director James Comey is laid out in a memo written by an official many people have probably never heard of: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The White House says President Trump fired Comey at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein. Sessions said that he was recommending Comey be dismissed “based on my evaluation.” He did not go into further details on his “evaluation.” But he said he was also making the recommendation for “the reasons expressed by the Deputy Attorney General in the attached memorandum.

FILE - In this May 8, 2017, file photo, then-FBI Director James Comey speaks to the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in Washington. Justice official says he stands by critical memo on ComeyMore>>.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congress he stands by a memo he wrote that the White House has cited as a justification He said that though he was personally fond of Comey , "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader." The Justice Department on Friday

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congress he stands by a memo he wrote that the White House has cited as a justification He said that though he was personally fond of Comey , "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader." The Justice Department on Friday

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WASHINGTON — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein 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. But he said he had no intention of it being used that way.

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."

The Justice Department on Friday issued a transcript of Rosenstein's remarks.

The White House has struggled since Comey's firing to explain the chain of events that led to it and who exactly made the decision. Trump said as recently as Thursday that he acted on a "very strong" recommendation from Rosenstein, but Rosenstein made it clear to Congress that he drafted his memo only after Trump told him of his plans to dismiss the FBI director.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congress he stands by a memo he wrote that the White House has cited as a justification He said that though he was personally fond of Comey , "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader." The Justice Department on Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congress he stands by a memo he wrote that the White House has cited as a justification He said that though he was personally fond of Comey , "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader." The Justice Department on Friday

He said he did not intend for the document to be a finding of misconduct or a "statement of reasons" to justify the firing, but he added: "I wrote it. I believe it. I stand by it."

Rosenstein, who on Wednesday appointed a special counsel to investigate possible Russia-Trump campaign coordination during the 2016 presidential campaign, made his appearances before Congress as Trump was preparing to leave for his first foreign trip as president.

Trump has said he expected to nominate a new FBI director soon, and that had been expected before his departure Friday afternoon. However, the White House said at midday that there would be no announcement Friday.

House members and senators said Rosenstein steered clear of specifics in answering questions about his appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel but made clear that Mueller has wide latitude to pursue the investigation wherever it leads, potentially including criminal charges.

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WASHINGTON — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein 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 . But he said he had no intention of it being used that way.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congress he stands by a memo he wrote that the White House has cited as a justification He said that though he was personally fond of Comey , "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader." The Justice Department on Friday

Trump has reacted furiously to the appointment but Democrats and even many Republicans have generally welcomed it.

In Rosenstein's meetings with lawmakers, he reiterated the scathing critique laid out in his memo concerning Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, including Comey's July news conference announcing that the FBI would not recommend charges.

"It explicitly usurped the role of the attorney general, the deputy attorney general and the entire Department of Justice," Rosenstein said of that public announcement. "It violated deeply engrained rules and traditions; and it guaranteed that some people would accuse the FBI of interfering in the election."

Rosenstein said he and Attorney General Jeff Sessions had "discussed the need for new leadership at the FBI" in one of their first meetings, and that he believed Comey had damaged the credibility of the bureau and the Justice Department through the Clinton case.

He denied media reports from last week that Comey had asked him for additional resources for his investigation before Trump fired him.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein 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 . But he said he had no intention of it being used that way.

Rosenstein has told members of Congress he stands by a memo he wrote that preceded the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey . He said that though he was personally fond of Comey , "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader." The Justice Department on Friday

Trump, combative and complaining, fell short on Thursday in trying to resolve investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office.

Asked point-blank Thursday if he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, Trump said no — and then added of the lingering allegations and questions: "I think it's totally ridiculous. Everybody thinks so."

The appointment of the special counsel indicates others believe that's still open to question.

"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie," said Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important."

Despite initially opposing appointment of an independent counsel, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that the development "helps assure people and the Justice Department that they're going to go do their jobs independently and thoroughly, which is what we've called for all along."

Associated Press writers Deb Riechmann, Eileen Sullivan, Matthew Daly, Richard Lardner and Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this report.

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