Rosenstein says he knew Trump was going to fire Comey as he prepared memo | Reuters

 Rosenstein says he knew Trump was going to fire Comey as he prepared memo
| Reuters

WASHINGTON Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein knew President Donald Trump was going to fire FBI chief James Comey before he completed a memo outlining his own concerns about the former FBI leader, according to a statement obtained by NBC News.

"I informed the senior attorney that the president was going to remove Director Comey, (and) that I was writing a memorandum to the attorney general summarizing my own concerns," Rosenstein said in the statement, referring to a Justice Department attorney.

The statement was prepared for delivery to lawmakers. (Reporting by Timothy Ahmann; Editing by Howard Goller)

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Updated Date: May 19, 2017 22:31:45 IST