Could Trump’s unreleased mystery letter to former FBI director James Comey explain everything?
On May 9th, the seventh director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, was fired by Donald Trump amid the investigation of Russia’s involvement in swaying the 2016 election.
In Washington, Comey’s dismissal raised suspicion of a cover-up. Many Republicans decried Trump’s decision to fire Comey, as it could have many implications on the party considering there was no clear basis for Trump’s actions.
“I've spent the last several hours trying to find an acceptable rationale for the timing of Comey's firing. I just can't do it,” Flake tweeted.
I've spent the last several hours trying to find an acceptable rationale for the timing of Comey's firing. I just can't do it.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) May 10, 2017
Exceeding the shock-factor of Trump firing his acting attorney general and his national security advisor, Comey’s dismissal caused people to question the future of FBI investigations under Trump. FBI agents had openly expressed concern over Trump potentially appointing a White House ally as the new director, something many saw as a threat to the FBI’s independence.
Many thought that firing Comey was an attempt to derail the Russia investigation- which includes a probe into the 2016 election which lead to Trump’s “win”.
Although it was reported that Comey’s firing had no connection to the ongoing Russia investigation, people had their doubts considering Trump was reportedly upset when Comey wouldn’t publically announce that he wasn’t under investigation. Later in testimony, Comey confirmed that Trump, in fact, was not.
Originally, the White House claimed that Trump fired Comey after a recommendation from deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein. Trump later dismissed this claim, stating “I was going to fire him regardless of recommendation,” he said. “He (Rosenstein) made a recommendation, but regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey.”
What’s Happening Now:
With the true motive behind Trump’s decision to fire the former FBI director still unknown to the public, recent news of an unreleased letter which supposedly outlines the reasons behind Comey’s dismissal threatens to reveal Trump’s true intentions.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is in possession of a draft letter written by President Trump to former FBI director James Comey. Co-written by senior advisor Stephen Miller, the letter is rumored to contain the clearest rationale of Trump’s decision to fire Comey.
The letter was never delivered to Comey after White House Counsel Don McGhan warned that it contained potentially problematic content. Those who have seen the letter are saying that the letter was pure “screed”, a multi-page draft of Trump's unfiltered thoughts on his decision to fire Comey.
McGhan’s disapproval of the drafted letter may offer insight into how unacceptable Trump’s original rationale truly is, how it won’t justify the dismissal of Comey- creating a solid foundation for a defensible public case to remove Trump from office.
The Justice Department recently turned over a copy of the letter to Mueller- it is expected to become key evidence in his investigation on potential Russian interference in the 2016 election, including whether or not Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey.