Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Thursday he didn't threaten to quit after FBI Director James Comey was fired, contrary to a Wednesday press report.
Rosenstein was asked to respond to the report by Sinclair Broadcast Group's Michelle Macaluso as he was walking out of a meeting with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
"No, I'm not quitting," he said in a video posted to Twitter.
Macaluso asked again if he threatened to quit, to which he replied, "no."
Deputy AG #Rosenstein says he didn't threaten to quit over #Comey #FBI firing https://t.co/s4ODR9Qkme @MichelleMacTV @LeandraB_sbg pic.twitter.com/x4U3pjJePo— Liz McKernan (@LizMcKernan) May 11, 2017
The Washington Post reported that Rosenstein threatened to resign because of the growing public view that he was the main force behind Comey's ouster. That was after the White House released a letter from Rosenstein criticizing Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails and making the case about how the reputation and credibility of the FBI have "suffered substantial damage" under Comey.
Trump told NBC's Lester Holt on Thursday that he was going to fire Comey anyway.