Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr said his meeting Thursday with the deputy attorney general who's at the center of a firestorm was pre-planned, the Washington Examiner reported.
As in, scheduled before the termination of FBI Director James Comey earlier this week.
Burr, R-NC, and vice chair Mark Warner, D-Va., met with Rod Rosenstein prior to the committee hearing on worldwide threats.
"It's a request that we made prior to Director Comey's departure," Burr told reporters afterward, according to the Examiner. "It just so happened that the timing of it that meant that today was the earliest possible time that we could put it together."
Burr said the meeting was to get on the same page, since his committee, as well as the Department of Justice, are both conducting investigations into Russia's meddling in the presidential election, the Examiner reported.
"We feel like our investigation can go forward with a fairly good understanding of the rules of the road," Burr said.
Rosenstein has been thrust into the spotlight after his critical memo of Comey was originally lifted up by the White House as the impetus to terminate the FBI director.
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