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 McConnellMitch McConnellSenate confirms Trump's first lower-court nominee Top GOP senators tell Trump to ditch Paris climate deal Senators move to rein in Trump with new ISIS war bill 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. 

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 Charles SchumerCharles SchumerGOP senators distance themselves from House ObamaCare repeal bill McConnell: CBO analysis for House bill will repeat 'things we already know' Congress urges Trump administration to release public transit funding 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.