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Deputy AG was on the verge of resigning over Comey firing

May 11, 2017 - 8:33 am

(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was so upset with the White House for pinning the firing of FBI Director James Comey on him Wednesday that he was on the verge of resigning, an administration source told ABC News.

After Comey's firing Tuesday night, White House officials said the president acted on the recommendation of Rosenstein.

Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Good Morning America Thursday that she was "not aware" of Rosenstein's threatening to resign.

In his letter written to staff and friends after he was fired, Comey said he was not going to dwell on how his firing was handled.

"I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won't either. It is done," Comey wrote. "In times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty and independence."

In a memo delivered Tuesday afternoon to President Trump, Rosenstein wrote that Comey inflicted "substantial damage" to the FBI's "reputation and credibility."

The White House initially said Rosenstein's recommendation was the reason Trump chose to fire Comey.

"When he brought the recommendation to the president that the director of the FBI should be removed, President Trump provided the kind of strong and decisive leadership the American people have become to be accustomed from him," Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

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