By now, we all know that the republican President Donald Trump fired the FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday (5/9/17). The president has said in a recent interview that he had already decided to fire Director Comey on Monday (5/8/17). And according to various news sources, there was a Monday meeting where President Trump gave his Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein a directive: to explain in writing the case against Mr. Comey.
The pair quickly fulfilled the president’s orders, and the next day (5/9/17) President Trump summarily fired Director Comey —in the most humiliating way possible. The president had his personal security guard hand deliver the dismissal letter to Director Comey’s FBI offices in Washington DC. The director did not even get the courtesy of a phone call. He was visiting the Los Angeles FBI office when he heard about his demise from a TV cable show.
Originally, the White House’s story line was that the firing was primarily based on the Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s critical memo regarding Director Comey. But then he threatened to resign after the narrative emerged from the White House on Tuesday evening casting him as a the main actor in bringing down the FBI director.
As of Wednseday (5/10/17) Vice President Mike Pence and deputy White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders were still repeatedly citing Mr. Rosenstein’s memo on Mr. Comey recommending the FBI director’s removal, leveraging his reputation.
This accusation has sullied the otherwise stellar reputation of Rod Rosenstein who has been a federal prosecutor for 27 years. It has been suggested that he could redeem himself if he chose to assert his power to assign a competent non partisan special prosecutor, who has no allegiance to either the White House or the Attorney General Jeff Sessions to head the FBI’s Trump/ Russian saga inquiry.
Here is the rest of the story…
On 5/11/17, Ali Watkins of Politico.com penned the following report, “Rosenstein meets with Senate Intel leaders after Comey firing.”
“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was seen arriving at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s secure office spaces Thursday afternoon (5/11/17). Sources told POLITICO Rosenstein had requested to meet with the Intelligence Committee leaders, Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.), who both hastily left an open, televised committee hearing for what Burr said was a meeting “we can’t push off.”
“Rosenstein’s request for the meeting came after President Donald Trump unceremoniously fired FBI Director James Comey, citing a three-page letter from Rosenstein questioning the director’s fitness to serve. It also came amid reports that Rosenstein, a well-regarded federal prosecutor, was furious over the White House’s characterization of his apparent recommendation and even threatened to quit.”
“It’s unclear whether Rosenstein made the request to the committee unilaterally, or took his request through officials channels at the Department of Justice. He arrived with a security detail.”
“Burr said the meeting with Rosenstein was pre-scheduled. However, sources say DOJ reached back out to the committee after the Comey matter.”
Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall to listen to this conversation.? All we Know so far, is that it appears that Mr. Rosenstein is not quitting.