Trump Drafted Letter to Comey on Why He Was Getting Fired

The article notes that Trump had told aides around that time that he was angry because Comey had refused to announce that Trump was not under investigation.

After Comey's shocking ouster earlier this year, DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI boss Robert Mueller as the special counsel to oversee the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

The Justice Department turned over a copy of the letter to Mueller in recent weeks.

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein wrote a separate letter focusing on Comey's involvement in the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server that was delivered to Comey one day after his dismissal May 9.

Trump was unhappy with Comey for not going public with what he told the president privately that he was not - at that time - part of the probe into collusion with Russian Federation.

Yet, Trump himself acknowledged in an interview with NBC News in May that he'd meant to fire Comey all along, regardless of the memo from Rosenstein. If Mueller has evidence that can prove obstruction of justice, Trump is a dead president walking. The letter, written back in May while Trump and Miller were at the President's Bedminster, NJ golf course, was going to be used by the President to rationalize his planned firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

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The night of the firing, Sean Spicer, who was White House press secretary at the time, said the decision to fire Comey was led by the Justice Department.

Jason Chaffetz, Former Chairman of Committee on Oversights, joined Brian Kilmeade to discuss Hurricane Harvey, DACA, and new revelations regarding former FBI Director Jim Comey. Earlier in May, Trump and White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller reportedly wrote a longer draft that reportedly made it clear that the president had chose to fire Comey before any consultation.

His conduct during the hearing added to concerns held by Sessions and Rosenstein that the FBI director had botched the Clinton investigation and had overstepped the boundaries of his job.

Asked Friday about the draft letter from Trump, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that "to the extent the special prosecutor is interested in these matters, we will be fully transparent with his investigation".

"What is most remarkable is that the president has willingly created this self-portrait", Bob Bauer, a White House counsel under President Barack Obama, wrote in May.

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