In his statement initially, Trump said he fired Comey while experiencing frustration at the FBI investigation of his campaign's alleged Russian Federation ties and at Comey's refusal to publicly exculpate Trump. It's a little late in the game for Trump to turn around and say the exact opposite.
A subsequent draft of the letter, which was written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and released publicly, stated the official justification, that Comey had been fired due to his mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won. In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security says it believes that "based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities". "It took a lot of guts".
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.
Trump is elected President, defeating Clinton by winning 304 electoral college votes to her 227.
Barbara McQuade, former US attorney, talks with Joy-Ann Reid about the strength of the obstruction of justice case against Donald Trump and why it's about more than the firing of James Comey. The FBI director also dismisses the president's tweets alleging that Obama ordered Trump Tower to be wiretapped during the election.
One of these aides said Comey wrote a draft statement about the outcome of the Clinton investigation in May 2016.
The letter of dismissal given to Comey was different from the original version.
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It is maintained by Jeffrey Lindner, the director of the Hydrologic Operations Division of Harris County Flood Control District. Rainfall is expected across the Southeast region through Saturday . "That island holds a lot of the records", Schumacher said.
In June, Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he had confirmed as much to Trump privately, but did not know if the investigation might reach Trump eventually.
Joyce Vance, a former federal prosecutor in Birmingham, Alabama, and now a University of Alabama law professor wrote in a statement, "Logical assumption: If WH Counsel wouldn't let him send it, [Trump] had improper if not illegal motives for firing FBI Director Comey.".
The White House declined to comment on Miller's behalf.
The news about Mueller's acquisition of the draft comes shortly after reports that he has teamed up with both New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, as well as the IRS' Criminal Investigation unit on investigations into Russian meddling and Trump associates. After vetting this letter with his attorneys, the President was advised NOT to send it.
The letter was never sent but is now part of an independent counsel's investigation that includes looking into potential obstruction of justice in Trump's handling of the firing, the New York Times reported.
Miller, the firebrand aide who helped design Trump's travel ban and hardline immigration policies, had become a trusted adviser to the president during the campaign and remained in his inner circle even after fellow nationalist and chief strategist Steve Bannon began to fall from the president's favor.
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