In a closed-door meeting Friday with House and Senate members, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stood by the memo he wrote to President Trump outlining his concerns with FBI Director James Comey. After opening with a candid statement about his "personal affection" for Comey, he detailed the series of missteps he felt Comey had made that led him to believe "it was appropriate to seek a new leader" for the FBI. Rosenstein confirmed he had learned on May 8 that Trump intended to dismiss Comey and wanted his advice; Rosenstein's memo is dated May 9, the day that Trump fired Comey. "I wrote it. I believe it. I stand by it," Rosenstein said. House members described Rosenstein's statement as "very guarded" and "frustratingly cautious."

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