According to a report from the New York Times, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has access to a “problematic” letter that details the real reason Trump fired former FBI chief, James Comey.
The letter is the joint work of President Trump and his senior adviser Stephen Miller but had been kept secret by White House counsel Don McGahn who considered it to be too “problematic” for a public release.
In the meantime, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein penned a separate letter which blamed Comey’s termination on the way he handled the Hillary Clinton investigation late last year.
Mueller is in charge of an all-compassing investigation into the alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential elections last year. The independent prosecutor is also interested in whether the President tried to obstruct justice when he fired
The independent prosecutor is now interested in whether the President tried to obstruct justice when he fired Comey since the FBI was conducting a probe into his disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia at the time of the dismissal.
Comey Ousted over the “Russia Thing”
It is unclear how much of the initial letter pinned the blame for Comey’s ouster on the Russia probe, but days after Comey’s departure Trump said on NBC News that he fired the FBI director with the Russia probe “in his mind.” He also said that he decided on his own regardless of the DOJ’s recommendations.
Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey,
The President said at the time.
Trump also said that the “Russia thing” was a fake story invented by his political rivals because they had lost the election. Miller wrote the letter in May while he was visiting one of Trump’s golf resorts. The letter was drafted at Trump’s request.
During that weekend, Trump’s AG Jeff Sessions and his deputy were working on terminating Comey. The ousted FBI chief recently told a congressional panel that he was “mildly nauseous” at the thought that the way he handled the Clinton email investigation might have helped Trump win.
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