Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

Trump lawyers met with Mueller, arguing Trump didn't obstruct justice

Robert Mueller AP Jeff Chiu
Christy Curtis | 02 September, 2017, 00:45

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has obtained a letter that President Trump and a top political aide drafted in the days before Mr. Trump fired the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, which explains the president's rationale for why he planned to dismiss the director.

The contents of the original letter appears to provide the clearest rationale that Mr. Trump had for firing Mr. Comey. Considering the fact that President Trump had told MSNBC's Lester Holt that the firing was related to the Russian investigation, there is a very real possibility that the letter had expressed the same views by the President. McGahn managed to convince the president not to send the letter. Trump told aides at the time he was upset Comey wouldn't publicly say whether or not he was under investigation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller received a copy of the letter in recent weeks, the New York Times reports in a story based on anonymous sources. The letter also makes it clear that Trump had chose to fire Comey days before getting recommendations to do so from Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein.

During a May weekend at the president's New Jersey golf club, Trump asked White House aide Stephen Miller to draft a letter outlining a case for Comey, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Commenting on the letter, Ty Cobb, a White House lawyer has said, "To the extent the special prosecutor is interested in these matters, we will be fully transparent with him". 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 previous year, prior to his investigation being 100% complete, another "early draft" of a letter has popped up as well.

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