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Deputy AG Knew Trump Planned to Fire Comey Before Writing Memo

HeadlineMay 19, 2017
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On Thursday, Rod Rosenstein briefed senators in a closed-door meeting. Afterward, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said Rosenstein revealed that he wrote a memo recommending the termination of FBI Director Comey after Trump had already decided to fire him.

Reporter: “Did the president plan to fire Comey before he wrote that memo?”

Sen. Dick Durbin: “He didn’t go into detail on that, other than to say on May 8th he learned that the president was going to terminate Comey.”

Rosenstein’s memo was dated May 9. Last week, President Trump contradicted his staff’s account of Comey’s ouster, telling NBC he had decided to fire Comey “regardless” of the Justice Department’s recommendations.

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