Special Counsel Has Draft of Letter Trump Wrote to Fire Comey

Special Counsel Has Draft of Letter Trump Wrote to Fire Comey

As those on the right, including the President himself, make a big deal out of an early draft that James Comey had written exonerating Hillary Clinton a year ago, prior to his investigation being 100% complete, another "early draft" of a letter has popped up as well. Unlike Mr. Trump's letter, it made no mention of the times Mr. Comey had told the president he was not under investigation.

"If "soup were nuts" - have never understood that saying - Comey could've done the Democrats a "yuuge" favor, and recommended an indictment of Hillary by the Justice Department, perhaps affording the Dems an opportunity to choose a candidate capable of defeating a bombastic billionaire game show host". Asked who was behind the decision, Spicer said, "No one from the White House", according to The Washington Post.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump told Comey on February 14, one day after Flynn resigned over his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

The letters they wrote outlining Comey's mishandling of the Clinton email investigation were initially presented as the impetus for his dismissal.

The email scandal is familiar to all by now: Clinton set up a private computer system for her own use to handle government email while she was secretary of state.

There's no indication that Comey's preparation of a statement at that stage of a lengthy investigation is unusual.

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If that investigation discovers evidence of wrongdoing in the drafting and circulation of the letter, which was shared with top advisers and the vice president, the dragnet of conspiracy and obstruction of justice accusations could sweep Pence up along with Trump, Fordham University law professor Jed Shugerman argued. These were James Rybicki, Comey's Chief of Staff, and Trisha Anderson, the Principal Deputy General Counsel of National Security and Cyberlaw.

On Wednesday Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Sen.

"Both transcripts are heavily redacted without explanation", states the August 31 press release by Graham and Grassley.

Forgotten in all the media drama and confused White House communications of recent months was the fact that the President had several very good reasons for firing FBI Director James Comey in May.

During the July 2, 2016, hearing Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) had also pressed Comey on the decision to allow Mills and Samuelson to be present at Clinton's hearing, despite being key witnesses in the case-a situation Ratcliffe noted is unheard of in normal investigations. The person said the Federal Bureau of Investigation wanted to interview her but didn't believe it was going to change the outcome. A statement from the department said it had been fully cooperative with Mr Mueller's investigation.

That list included the Clintons' server, laptop, Blackberrys, 13 mobile devices, various backups, copies of her emails, her lawyers' laptops, and more.

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