Mueller team has draft letter on Comey firing

Kristopher Drake
September 2, 2017

White House counsel Donald McGahn reportedly warned the president that draft was problematic and advised him to dismiss Comedy with an amended version, according to several administration officials who requested anonymity.

The reports say the letter was drafted before the May 9 firing of Comey but was never sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Trump told aides at the time he was upset Comey wouldn't publicly say whether or not he was under investigation. Mr. Comey later said in testimony to Congress that the president was not under investigation. In a letter of dismissal, Trump stated that both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had recommended Comey be removed.

The Justice Department turned the letter over to Mueller in recent weeks, according to the report. The letter also makes it clear that Trump had chose to fire Comey days before getting recommendations to do so from Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein.

"To the extent the special prosecutor is interested in these matters, we will be fully transparent with him, " he told The Times, which did not obtain a copy of the letter and was only told of its existence. Trump legal team has offered up dubious reasoning for why Comey's firing was legal by suggesting that Trump has the power to hire and fire anyone while ignoring motive and that James Comey is not a reliable witness. "Stephen Miller advised the president on how to draft it..."

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.

On May 9, Trump fired Comey, who was heading a federal probe into whether members of the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian officials to influence the 2016 presidential race.

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