‘It Was Probably Appropriate To Make A Change’
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INSKEEP: OK. That’s Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in the last little while. Now, he used a name that will not be familiar to a lot of people. He said Mr. Rosenstein. Here’s who he meant Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a letter explaining why, in Rosenstein’s view, James Comey should be fired from his post at the FBI. And that was a suggestion that President Trump says he took.
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MONTANARO: Donald Trump issued just a 79 word statement from the White House, gave no rationale for why he was dismissing Comey. Instead, said it was based on a memo from Rosenstein, as you mentioned, and that had everything to do with Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
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INSKEEP: Now, Farenthold’s perspective was for a prosecutor. And it is true that Comey was making unusual statements for a prosecutor.
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