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Senators say Rosenstein knew Comey would be fired before he wrote his memo

Senators say Rosenstein knew Comey would be fired before he wrote his memo

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein knew James B. Comey would be fired as director of the FBI before he wrote a scathing memo laying out the case for the move, several senators who attended a closed-door briefing with the former U.S. attorney from Maryland said Thursday.

"He knew that Comey was going to be removed prior to him writing his memo," said Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat and former local prosecutor.

The motivation and timing of Rosenstein's three-page memo has been scrutinized because the White House offered inconsistent explanations for it. At first, the administration said President Donald Trump based his decision on the memo when he...

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