The Capitol meeting came on the same day the New York Times published a report detailing concerns Comey expressed about Rosenstein before his firing - a firing people close to Comey say happened after the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director refused to pledge personal loyalty to Trump during a private dinner. Neither is a part of the current administration.
Asked point-blank if he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, Trump said no - and then added of the lingering allegations and questions: "I think it's totally ridiculous". It was circulated as the official account. Kushner also has acknowledged that he met with the head of a Russian development bank, Vnesheconombank, which has been under USA sanctions since July 2014. "As a former prosecutor, I respect that decision".
Vnesheconombank handles development for the state, and in early 2015, a man purporting to be one of its New York-based employees was arrested and accused of being an unregistered spy.
The document was read to Times reporters by one US official and was confirmed by a second official. President Donald Trump has been narrowing a short list and interviewing candidates to replace FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired on May 9. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the document summarizing the meeting. And yet, here we're confronted with fresh evidence to the contrary - with Trump admitting to Russian officials that he dismissed Comey because of the "pressure" caused by the Russia scandal.
Rosenstein's memo, which said Comey improperly spoke publicly about an investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, was initially cited as the reason President Donald Trump fired Comey last week.
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He says he asked career Justice Department lawyers to review the memo.
In the remarks, Rosenstein said he learned a day before Comey's firing that Trump wanted to dismiss him.
Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of MA echoed that sentiment, saying there was "considerable frustration" and that "he refused to answer a lot of questions". A day after the memo came out, Trump also said he'd previously made that decision.
The day after that seminar, on October 28, Comey disclosed to Congress that the bureau was continuing its investigation of Clinton's emails in light of new evidence.
"When he said that, I looked around, everybody was applauding", said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D., Mo.), "except a handful". Sessions has recused himself from the Trump-Russia probe, citing his close involvement in the Trump campaign previous year.