Trump's unsent letter to Comey is now in Mueller's hands

Jerome Frank
September 2, 2017

Mr. Comey later said in testimony to Congress that the president was not under investigation.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, has obtained a letter that President Donald Trump drafted laying out a rationale for firing FBI Director James Comey, according to USA media reports.

"The contents of the original letter appear to provide the clearest rationale that Mr. Trump had for firing Mr. Comey", The Times reports.

When James Comey was ousted as Federal Bureau of Investigation director in May, many blamed Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who wrote a memo faulting Comey's leadership at the police agency.

The Justice Department turned over a copy of the letter to Mueller in recent weeks. The letter also makes it clear that Trump had made a decision to fire Comey days before getting recommendations to do so from Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein.

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The letter was drafted by Trump and one of his political advisers, Stephen Miller.

But it was met with opposition from White House counsel Don McGahn, who saw its contents as "problematic", the Times reported. While it remains unclear to what degree the Russian Federation investigation influenced Trump's decision, top aides claim the president was unhappy with Comey's refusal to publicly exonerate him, despite private assurances that he was not personally under investigation. "To the extent the special prosecutor is interested in these matters, we will be fully transparent with him", Ty Cobb, an administration spokesman, said. That investigation, which had been overseen by Comey, is also looking into the financial dealings of several Trump associates.

Instead of using the directive Miller penned, a separate letter written by Rosenstein and focused on Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server was sent to the FBI director when he was dismissed.

Comey was sacked May 9.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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