Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) said Thursday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein admitted to senators that he knew FBI Director James Comey was going to be fired by President Trump before he wrote his recommendation for Comey's dismissal.
Rosenstein came to Capitol Hill to brief the full Senate one day after appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russians.
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"He did acknowledge that he learned Comey would be removed prior to him writing his memo," McCaskill told reporters.
The White House initially stated that Trump acted on the recommendation of Rosenstein, who wrote a memo slamming Comey for his role in the Hillary Clinton email investigation and stating the bureau's reputation was shredded under his direction.
If McCaskill's account is true, that would further nullify the original White House claim that Trump acted on the recommendation of the Justice Department to fire Comey. Trump later admitted himself that he was going to fire Comey regardless of any recommendation.