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Rosenstein says he knew Trump was going to fire Comey as he prepared memo

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves after a closed briefing for members of the House of Representatives in Washington

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves after a closed briefing for members of the House of Representatives to discuss the firing of former FBI Director James Comey on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein knew President Donald Trump was going to fire FBI chief James Comey before he completed a memo outlining his own concerns about the former FBI leader, according to a statement obtained by NBC News.

“I informed the senior attorney that the president was going to remove Director Comey, (and) that I was writing a memorandum to the attorney general summarizing my own concerns,” Rosenstein said in the statement, referring to a Justice Department attorney.

The statement was prepared for delivery to lawmakers.

(Reporting by Timothy Ahmann; Editing by Howard Goller)

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