Deputy Attorney General Knew Comey Was Out Before Writing Critical Memo, Senators Say

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein knew President Trump planned to fire FBI Director Jim Comey before he sat down to write a memo criticizing Comey's conduct. That's according to several United States senators who met with Rosenstein Thursday afternoon in a secure room in the Capitol basement. "He knew that Comey was going to be removed prior to writing his memo," Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill told reporters after the briefing. Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin echoed McCaskill, saying Rosenstein told lawmakers that he knew of Trump's intent the day before he wrote a document that the White House initially said was the main reason Comey was dismissed. Trump undercut that timeline in an interview last week, but in a news conference on Thursday, he...

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