Following Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s closed door briefing of the entire U.S. Senate, Senators filed out one-by-one to take questions from the press. During those questions, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) dropped yet another bomb when she told reporters that Rosenstein confirmed that he knew that Comey would be fired before he ever even released his controversial letter dated May 9th (letter can be read here).
Sen. Claire McCaskill says deputy AG Rod Rosenstein knew Comey was going to be removed prior to writing his memo https://t.co/GvqXNlzG3E
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) May 18, 2017
Of course, this is a key revelation and potentially explains why rumors surfaced that Rosenstein had threatened to resign after the Trump administration initially attributed Comey’s dismissal to his letter. Trump later walked back those claims in an interview in which he told Lester Holt that he had been planning to fire Comey pretty much from day 1.
Speaking later, Senator Durbin (D-IL) confirmed that Rosenstein said he discovered that Comey would be fired on May 8th, one day before his letter was released by the Trump administration on May 9th. That said, Durbin also confirmed that Rosenstein told the closed session that he did not face any pressure from the White House to draft the letter.
Reporter: “Based on what you heard today, do you believe that the Deputy Attorney General knew before he wrote that memo that James Comey was going to be fired?”
Durbin: “Yes. He knew the day before.”
Durbin: Rosenstein said he knew the day before he wrote his memo that Comey would be fired (further debunking White House’s initial story) pic.twitter.com/JOc2D6P2YT
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 18, 2017
Finally, just because nothing is ever crystal clear in politics, Senator Rubio (R-FL) caused some confusion when he said that Rosenstein was “unclear” on when he first discovered that Comey would be fired by the President.
CNN: RT CNNPolitics: Sen. Marco Rubio: I have full “faith and confidence” in the special counsel in the Russia pro… https://t.co/xKjM425vym
— Abdulla Siyaz (@AbdullaSiyaz) May 18, 2017
Never a dull moment.