Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office regarding President Trump’s ousting of former FBI Director James Comey, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

The office questioned Rosenstein in June or July, after Comey was apparently fired for losing President Trump’s faith in his handling of the probe into possible ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, according to the Journal.

Rosenstein is now overseeing the Russia investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. The deputy attorney general has the final authority over Mueller, who was named special counsel after Comey’s firing.

Rosenstein authored the White House memorandum that announced Trump’s decision to fire Comey, citing his poor handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server.

In June, Rosenstein told colleagues in private that he thought he must recuse himself from the investigation as well.


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