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Senators: Rosenstein knew Comey would be fired before writing memo

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Rosenstein knew of Comey firing before writing memoRod Rosenstein already knew James Comey was going to be fired as FBI director when he wrote the three-page memo that the White House would later assert had sealed Comey’s fate, multiple senators said Thursday as they left a highly-anticipated briefing with the deputy attorney general.

Rosenstein learned Comey was being ousted on May 8, according to Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), but the memo is dated May 9 — the day the firing took place.

“It was very clear that he learned before he wrote the memo that Comey was going to be removed,” added Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). “Somebody made a decision to remove Comey before he wrote the memo.”

Rosenstein declined to say who asked him to write the memo, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said.

White House officials originally said Comey’s firing came at the recommendation of Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but President Donald Trump later undercut that argument when he told NBC News he planned to fire Comey regardless.

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