Former FBI director James Comey is set to testify publicly next week, and there are still reports coming out about his frame of mind after his firing.
A new report from ABC News goes over how Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein talked about replacing Comey last winter, and then with President Trump this year. Rosenstein, you may remember, wrote that lengthy memo laying out his recommendation for Comey’s firing.
Well, per ABC’s report, Comey felt blindsided because neither Sessions nor Rosenstein spoke to Comey about their concerns beforehand:
Specifically, according to sources familiar with the matter, at no point in the weeks and months before Comey’s termination did Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein or Attorney General Sessions tell Comey they were uneasy about his leadership or upset over what Rosenstein later called Comey’s “mistaken” decision to announce the results of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server last year…
As one source put it: He’s “angry,” and he wants the public to understand why.
This report comes out just as the AP is reporting tonight special counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe may expand to include both Sessions and Rosenstein.
Rosenstein spoke to the AP and said, “If anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there’s a need from me to recuse I will.”
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