Mueller Has Trump Letter About Comey Firing

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate intel committee

Special counsel Robert Mueller has in his possession an early draft of a letter written but never sent that outlines President Donald Trump's reasons to fire former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, The New York Times reports.

Trump had been fuming about Comey for weeks, upset that he would not say publicly that the president was not under investigation, which Trump said Comey had assured him privately.

The Senate Committee's probe into Comey was closed following his firing in May.

"What we know, at a minimum, is that McGahn was concerned about the contents of the letter and warned Trump about them", Mariotti said.

Mr McGahn's concerns about Mr Trump's letter show how much he realised that the President's rationale for firing Mr Comey might not hold up to scrutiny, and how he and other administration officials sought to build a more defensible public case for his ouster.

India wins toss, elects to bat against Sri Lanka in 4th ODI
Cape Town - Sri Lanka fast bowler and stand-in captain Lasith Malinga says he is not ready to give up the game just yet. India team have a chance to win the fourth ODI if they played with the similar team and their way of cricket .

The official explanation for President Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey in May - that Comey had mishandled Hillary Clinton's email investigation the year before - never made any sense.

As was previously reported, Special Counsel Robert Mueller later obtained that letter.

Trump formally fired Comey late on Tuesday, May 9, dispatching his longtime security chief Keith Schiller to the Justice Department to hand-deliver his short termination letter. A statement from the Justice Department said the department had been fully cooperative with Mueller's investigation and would continue to do so.

On May 17, Rosenstein appointed Mueller to head the Russian Federation probe, which would also encompass whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey.

The Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation unit has reportedly been tapped by special counsel Robert Mueller's office to help investigate financial ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Sharapova advances again at US Open
Svitolina breezed through the first set before posting a 6-0, 6-7 (5), 6-3 victory over Siniakova, the world's 42nd-ranked player. After the final point, Sharapova dropped to her knees as a replay appeal showed what she already knew.

According to The Times, the administration's letter was quashed by White House counsel Donald McGahn, who was anxious about unspecified legal trouble that some its contents might bring.

Further, he might additionally review this week's report that before pardoning the Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, Trump asked the US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, whether it would be possible to drop federal criminal charges against Arpaio.

Rosenstein, in a statement to Congress, has said that he learned on May 8 of Trump's plans to fire Comey, and that he agreed with the decision.

The next day, Pence told reporters at Capitol Hill that Trump had acted on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein. According to The Wall Street Journal on Friday, Trump drafted that letter at his golf club in New Jersey on the weekend before he fired Comey.

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