Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he knew President Trump would fire former FBI Director James Comey before Rosenstein issued a memo recommending it. The White House has said that it was Rosenstein's memo on May 9th that led to Trump's decision to fire Comey. The acting Attorney General briefed senators on Capitol Hill Thursday about Comey's dismissal. According to CBS News, several senators after the meeting said Rosenstein acknowledged that he knew Comey would be fired before he wrote the memo.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin claimed that Rosenstein wouldn't go into detail, but said the President declared on May 8th that he was going to fire Comey, and then on May 9th Rosenstein wrote his memo recommending Comey's removal.