Deputy AG Rosenstein Stands by Decision to Fire Comey

Deputy AG Rosenstein Stands by Decision to Fire Comey

But days later, Trump admitted in an interview with NBC News that he would have fired Comey regardless of any recommendation.

In the interview on "The Story with Martha MacCallum", Rosenstein said he would not comment on the FBI investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified information, which was closed last summer without charges being filed.

Well just in general, do you think it would ever be - would it ever be proper for a Federal Bureau of Investigation director to make notes of a conversation in that regard and leak them to the press?

"We take confidentiality seriously, and so when we have memoranda about our ongoing matters, we have an obligation to keep that confidential", Rosenstein said.

Rosenstein said the answer to this question was 'quite clear'.




Rod Rosenstein was lifted from relative obscurity to serve as the nation's No. 2 law enforcement authority.

Later, Trump said he believed that Comey showed him the dossier for leverage.

The ex-FBI chief told lawmakers that he feared President Trump was trying to meddle with the agency's probe into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, as investigators sniffed around the Trump campaign to see if there were any hints of collusion. A special counsel appointed by Rosenstein is now examining the matter.

"I have not personally been involved in any decisions about who to hire".

Rosenstein also assured the Fox News host that the Department of Justice would take care of it if any conflicts of interest arose. When he wound up in charge of the Russian Federation investigation, a clear consensus emerged among his former colleagues and co-workers: Rosenstein, they stressed, is as apolitical as they come.

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