Deputy AG to brief Senate Thursday on Comey firing

Deputy AG to brief Senate Thursday on Comey firing
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will brief all 100 senators on President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.) has announced.

The briefing will take place at 2:30 p.m., according to a press release. The Senate previously invited Comey to testify at a closed session about his firing, but Comey declined, saying he would testify in public instead. 

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President Trump fired Comey last Tuesday, saying in a later interview that his decision was influenced by the "made up" investigation into possible ties between members of his campaign and Russia, which conducted an influence campaign during the race with the goal of boosting Trump.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill This week: Senate wrapping up defense bill after amendment fight Cuomo warns Dems against cutting DACA deal with Trump MORE (D-N.J.) said in a statement on Monday that he is pleased McConnell agreed to invite Rosenstein to brief the full Senate.

“I hope that senators from both sides of the aisle will use this opportunity to seek the full truth regarding Director Comey’s firing, to press the Deputy Attorney General to make way for a special prosecutor, and to ensure the administration will preserve and make public any audio recordings of conversations between the President and the former director,” Schumer said.

--This report was updated at 2:04 p.m.