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Friday, 19 May 2017 08:40

Rosenstein heads back to Capitol Hill Friday to brief House members

Written by  Sari Horwitz

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein will return to Capitol Hill Friday, this time briefing House members a day after he told the full Senate that the White House’s initial account of former FBI director James B.

Comey’s firing was not accurate.

Rosenstein is scheduled to appear at 10 a.m.

He told senators that he knew that Comey would be fired before he wrote a controversial memo that the White House initially used as its justification for the dismissal.

Rosenstein did not reveal any more significant details about the Comey firing, his decision to appoint a special counsel or the ongoing Russia investigation during the unusual 90-minute closed briefing with most of the 100 senators, according to interviews with several senators afterward.

Rosenstein did, however, emphasize to the senators the independent authority that the new special counsel — former FBI director and federal prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III — has in the Russian investigation.

“If one thing is clear from the meeting we just had, it is that Mr. Mueller has broad and wide-ranging authority to follow the facts wherever they go,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). “That gives me confidence and should give the American people some confidence.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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