Rosenstein, less than a month into the job, wrote the memo critical of former FBI Director James Comey that President Donald Trump cited in firing Comey Tuesday.
[Trump] has been especially critical of Mr. Spicer, they said, openly musing about replacing him and telling people in his circle that he kept his own press secretary out of the loop in dismissing Mr. Comey until the last possible moment because he feared that the communications staff would leak the news.
Trump has repeatedly tweeted about the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race - notably since he fired Comey, who had been investigating whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian officials to help influence the election.
Mr Trump said the candidates were "outstanding people" and "very well known".
Everyone who went out to defend or explain Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey ended up looking like a liar once Donald Trump opened his big mouth.
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The decision is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate, where Republicans have a majority. "I was thinking about it then", Trump said. Trump's dismissal letter to Comey says the move was necessary "to restore the public's trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission". He denies it had anything to do with the Russian Federation investigation, but also says: "In fact when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story". Trump told NBC on Thursday that he was looking for an excuse to fire Comey, who was leading an investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation. "You have these tremendous - the level of hatred toward him, especially during that period of time with Hillary Clinton where he gave her a free ride", Trump said.
Joining Trump on the flight to Lynchburg were White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, senior advisor Stephen Miller, and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell.
The first candidate to arrive for interviews was Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration. First, some periodicals complained that only Russia's photographer was allowed to take pictures at the protocol part of the meeting. The investigation is overseen by Dana Boente, the USA attorney in Alexandria, Va., who now also serves as the head of national security prosecutions at Justice Department headquarters. Fisher is one of almost a dozen candidates President Trump is considering to succeed James B. Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
In an interview with United States media, President Trump also accused him being a "showboat" and a "grandstander".
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