Trump Spokesman Falsely Blamed Deputy AG for Firing FBI Director

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Date Originated: May of 2017
Categories: Sean Spicer & Donald Trump
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein's wrote a letter recommending the termination of FBI Director James Comey and that Trump agreed after receiving the letter from him, but that is not true. What actually happened is that Trump summoned Attorney General Jeff Sessions (who has supposedly recused himself from the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election), and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to his office and asked the two to come up with a reason in writing to terminate Mr. Comey. Rosenstein then followed the orders of the President and wrote a memo outlining why Comey should be let go, which Trump then used as a justification to terminate Mr. Comey.
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