Deputy AG knew Comey was going to be fired before writing memo

Rosenstein will most certainly be asked by senators about his decision to launch an independent investigation, as well as the circumstances surrounding the memo he wrote about Comey. Rosenstein wrote a memo Trump initially cited as his reason for firing FBI Director James Comey.

Originally, the Trump White House claimed that Comey was sacked based on a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Sen.

Trump has cast himself throughout the Russian Federation investigation as an aggrieved president who is being mistreated by the media.

"The best sign that he will need that grit is Donald Trump's tweet about witch hunts", Blumenthal said.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's meeting with senators on Thursday grew especially heated when he faced questions from two frustrated liberal Democrats, according to multiple people familiar with the meeting.

Former FBI director Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel has been welcomed by politicians from both sides.

Jones agreed with Banks's take on the investigation into Russian meddling in the USA election and possible ties to the Trump administration.

By Wednesday, leaders from the Senate intelligence and judiciary committees had sent requests to both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House for all records pertaining to Comey's conversations with Trump. Warner of Virginia said Comey's testimony should come "sooner rather than later".

"There is mounting evidence of obstruction of justice", said Blumenthal (D-Conn.) "No conclusion yet that there was, but that evidence needs to be pursued and there are a variety of pieces of evidence and the firing of Director Comey may be one of them".

"There may be nothing there", Graham said.

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"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history", he tweeted on Thursday morning.

"Honor that decision, cooperate where it is appropriate, fight back where you have the legal ability to do so", Graham said.

"That's what I want to be focused on, because there's no collusion".

It was Trump's first time taking questions since his Justice Department named a special counsel to probe Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.

Associates of Mr Comey has also claimed that the president asked him to pledge his loyalty shortly after taking office. "The bottom line is I respect the decision, but this pretty much shuts Congress down", Graham said.

Rosenstein, who at his confirmation hearing would not commit to a special counsel appointment and who inherited the probe following Sessions' recusal, seemed to acknowledge the public outcry by calling Mueller's selection "necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome".

"That was a consistent statement of his throughout", Murphy said. After the briefing, California Democrat Kamala Harris was asked if Rosenstein's integrity was compromised by writing the memo after he knew Comey would be fired. "I didn't think anybody was inappropriate", the senator said.

Earlier, Mr Trump had taken to twitter to vent his frustration at the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller to oversee an investigation into Russian Federation.

"Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media", Trump said.

Rosenstein will hold a similar briefing for House lawmakers on Friday.

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