WASHINGTON—Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department official at the center of the firestorm over former FBI Director James Comey’s firing, will brief the Senate on the firing on Thursday, according to a spokesman for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Mr. Comey was fired last Tuesday. Mr. Rosenstein wrote a memo that the White House initially cited was the basis for Mr. Comey’s removal, though President Donald Trump later said in interviews that he had decided to fire Mr. Comey before receiving guidance from Mr. Rosenstein.
Mr. Rosenstein is also the person responsible for supervising the investigation into Russia’s involvement with the U.S. election after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.
The briefing for all 100 senators will be closed to the public and the press. It was originally requested by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Mr. McConnell (R., Ky.) issued the invitation, which was accepted on Friday.
In the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) sent a letter on Monday to Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) calling for a full House briefing by Mr. Rosenstein. Mr. Ryan has not yet responded.
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