Deputy AG Rosenstein Stands by Decision to Fire Comey

9 eyecatching extracts from Donald Trump’s latest extensive interview

Rosenstein is actually from Philadelphia.

"As a general proposition, you have to understand the Department of Justice", he told MacCallum.

Rosenstein, who previously served as the US Attorney of Maryland, has described himself as apolitical in the past.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Times published online Wednesday, Trump said he would not have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing an investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation.

In the days following his firing, Comey handed over memos he made about his conversations with President Trump to a Columbia University law university friend, who then passed them along to reporters. "And Jeff hardly knew".

"We have a responsibility to the people who we are investigating, we have a responsibility to the people conducting those investigations to keep our investigations confidential", Rosenstein continued.

"There are very few Republicans in Baltimore, if any", Trump said. "So, he's from Baltimore".

Rosenstein was asked by MacCallum about Mueller's friendship with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and whether this gives him "any pause".

Rosenstein also addressed the issue of whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller's personal relationship with Comey was an issue of concern, saying that it was not an issue. Comey was overseeing that investigation, which was being carried out by the FBI.

Rosenstein sat down with Fox News Channel's Martha MacCallum for an exclusive interview and tsk-tsked Comey using legal speak.

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