Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congressional members that he stands by his memo that was initially used as the reason for former FBI Director James Comey’s ouster.
“It is a candid memorandum about the FBI Director’s public statements concerning a high-profile criminal investigation,” Rosenstein told lawmakers during a pair of closed-door meetings. “I wrote it. I believe it. I stand by it.”
Rosenstein added that the document “is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination.”
“My memorandum is not a finding of official misconduct; the inspector general will render his judgement about the issue in due course,” the deputy AG added.
The initial memo criticized Comey’s handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server but didn’t directly call for the firing of Comey.
He did, however, say that the FBI needed a new director and added that he and sessions discussed the issue during their first meeting.
“Notwithstanding my personal affection for Director Comey, I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader,” he told lawmakers.