Man Trump Sent to Fire Comey Is Quitting

Saul Bowman
September 3, 2017

Then came the bigger revelation - A New York Times report claimed that Mueller was in possession of a draft letter explaining Trump's rationale for firing Comey.

The circumstances and reasons for the firing are believed to be a significant element of Mr Mueller's investigation, which includes whether Mr Trump obstructed justice by firing Mr Comey. Mr. Trump told aides at the time he was angry that Mr. Comey refused to publicly say that Mr. Trump himself was not under investigation, something Mr. Comey had told the president privately. Unlike Mr. Trump's letter, it made no mention of the times Mr. Comey had told the president he was not under investigation.

Ultimately, the letter was scrapped and replaced with a toned-down version written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

In Trump's draft letter, the existence of which was first reported Friday by The New York Times, the president didn't focus on the FBI's Russian Federation investigation as a reason for Comey's dismissal, the officials said.

Mueller presumably will now consider the letter in his ongoing investigation, by which his team will determine if it amounts to obstruction of justice. It focused on Mr Comey's handling of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. He also said the "FBI's reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage" under Comey.

Two days after Mr. Comey's testimony, Mr. Rosenstein had a meeting with a White House lawyer at the Justice Department, where Mr. Rosenstein expressed concern about how the F. B.


With those comments, Trump explicitly tied the Russian Federation probe to his rationale for firing Comey.

Joyce Vance, a former federal prosecutor in Birmingham, Alabama, and now a University of Alabama law professor wrote in a statement, "Logical assumption: If WH Counsel wouldn't let him send it, [Trump] had improper if not illegal motives for firing FBI Director Comey.".

After Comey was sacked in May, Trump has said he was thinking of "this Russia thing" when he chose to fire Comey, who had been leading the bureau's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Bloomberg reports that Keith Schiller, the director of Oval Office operations, has told numerous people that he plans to leave the White House at the end of September or the beginning of October.

As was previously reported, Special Counsel Robert Mueller later obtained that letter.

"Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey", he said, adding "there was no good time to do it".

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