Dem senators grilled Rosenstein on Russia probe, Comey firing: report

Dem senators grilled Rosenstein on Russia probe, Comey firing: report
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Sens. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenReport: Conyers settled wrongful dismissal complaint over 'sexual advances' Arianna Huffington denies Franken behaved inappropriately in response to new photos Right way and wrong way MORE (D-Minn.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDem: Ex-lawmaker tried to pin me to elevator door and kiss me In Washington and Hollywood, principle is sad matter of timing Mika Brzezinski: Bill Clinton needs to apologize or stop talking MORE (D-N.Y.) grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over FBI Director James Comey's firing and the Russia investigation during a closed-door briefing Thursday, The Washington Post reported

The pair questioned Rosenstein on Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsFederal judge rules Trump defunding sanctuary cities 'unconstitutional on its face' FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Alabama election has GOP racing against the clock MORE’s involvement in Comey’s firing last week and on the scope of the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Franken’s spokesman told the Post he “was passionate about getting to the bottom of what happened.”

“They weren’t inappropriate, they were asking strong questions that were strongly felt,” a senator told the Post, characterizing the two as “passionate.”

“I didn’t think anybody was inappropriate.”

Rosenstein was also pressed on Sessions’s role in selecting a new FBI director, and on how former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel will affect the Russia investigation.

The deputy attorney general’s hotly anticipated meeting with senators came less than 24 hours after he appointed Mueller.

Rosenstein reportedly confirmed that the FBI’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 race is now both a criminal and counterintelligence investigation.

Lawmakers present also confirmed that Rosenstein said he was aware President Trump intended to fire Comey before he penned a memo that the White House later used to justify the move.

Comey’s ouster came amid the FBI’s probe into Russian election intrusions last year, including possible ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign.