02:17 GMT08 August 2020
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    Former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey held a "profoundly wrong" press conference that was "unfair" to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election campaign, Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told both chambers of the US Congress on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Rosenstein was testifying to both chambers about his role in the firing of Comey by President Donald Trump on May 9. Comey was only the second FBI director in the bureau’s history to be sacked.

    "I thought the July 5 press conference was profoundly wrong and unfair both to the Department of Justice and Secretary Clinton, Rosenstein told both the US Senate and the House of Representatives in a prepared statement reported by NBC News.

    Rosenstein said that in his July 2016 press conference, Comey "explicitly usurped the role of the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General and the entire Department of Justice."

    The press conference violated engrained rules and traditions and guaranteed that some people would accuse the FBI of interfering in the 2016 US presidential election, Rosenstein added.

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