Special counsel Robert Mueller has obtained an early draft letter written by President Trump detailing his rationale for firing FBI Director James Comey. The letter written by the president and his adviser Stephen Miller, was never released because it was blocked by White House counsel Don McGahn, who believed some of its contents were problematic, The New York Times reported Friday.
Instead, a different letter written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was sent. Rosenstein’s letter focused on Comey’s mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server
The Times notes that it is unknown how much of the rationale in the original letter focused on the Russia investigation.
Following Trump’s May 9 dismissal of Comey, the president told NBC’s Lester Holt that the probe had been on his mind when he made the decision to fire the FBI director.
“Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey,” Trump said during an interview on “NBC Nightly News,” adding “there was no good time to do it.”
“And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story,’ ” he said.
Robert Mueller is currently investigating Russian interference in the presidential campaign and whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey, who was previously in charge of the probe.