And the plot thickens….
Robert Mueller, special counsel with the Justice Department, is reportedly in possession of an unreleased letter written by President Donald Trump, with adviser Stephen Miller, regarding the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
White House counsel Don McGahn felt as if the letter was problematic, and therefore blocked it. In place of the letter written by Trump, a letter written by Deputy Attorney General Rod was sent our instead.
Mueller is currently conducting a wide-ranging investigation into Russian interference in the presidential campaign, including whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey, who was previously in charge of the probe.
It is unknown how much of the rationale in the original letter focused on the Russia investigation. Shortly after Comey’s May 9 dismissal, the president told NBC’s Lester Holt that the probe had been on his mind when he made the decision to fire the FBI director.
Trump told NBC that, “Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey,” he continued, “there was no good time to do it.”
Trump added, “And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story.”
Miller, a former aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions when he was in the Senate, reportedly drafted the letter at Trump’s request during a weekend in May at the president’s Bedminster, N.J., golf club.
During that same weekend, Sessions and Rosenstein were working a parallel effort to dismiss Comey, according to the Times.
Comey had recently given testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that it made him “mildly nauseous” to think his actions during the campaign might have impacted the outcome.
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