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Friday, 19 May 2017 11:40

Rosenstein briefs House members in second visit to Capitol Hill

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 FBI Director James B.

Comey’s firing was not accurate.

Rosenstein is scheduled to appear at 10 a.m.

Thursday afternoon’s briefing left several questions unanswered.

[Comey prepared extensively for his conversations with Trump]

Rosenstein 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. But lawmakers are still unsure of what exactly President Trump said when he told Rosenstein he intended to fire Comey.

(Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post)

“There are some missing pieces here,” Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said Thursday, accusing Rosenstein of “intentionally” leaving certain facts out. “What did the president say?”

Rosenstein was not asked whether he threatened to resign after Trump suggested his memo prompted Comey’s dismissal. And he did not settle senators’ concerns about maintaining access to witnesses and documents that will be part of the probe run by the new special counsel, former FBI director and federal prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III.

[Appointment of Mueller could complicate other probes into alleged Russian meddling]

Read more at WashingtonPost

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