The Department of Justice refuted a Washington Post report that claimed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to resign over the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey.
DOJ on the record: Rosenstein did not threaten to resign
— Laura Jarrett (@LauraAJarrett) May 11, 2017
CNN reported Thursday morning that DOJ rejected the claim made by the Post’s anonymous source late Wednesday night that said “Rosenstein threatened to resign after the narrative emerging from the White House on Tuesday evening cast him as a prime mover of the decision to fire Comey and that the president acted only on his recommendation.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday afternoon that Comey’s firing happened because of his “circumventing” the DOJ’s chain of command.
“I think also having a letter like the one that he (Trump) received, and having that conversation (with Rosenstein) that outlines the basic atrocities in circumventing the chain of command in the Department of Justice.”
“Any person of legal mind and authority knows what a big deal that is, particularly in the Department of Justice; particularly for somebody like the deputy attorney general who has been part of the Justice Department for 30 years and is such a respected person,” she added.