There have been few leaks out of Robert Mueller’s special investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, but the few details that have escaped are encouraging to anyone hoping for the removal of Trump and a return to American sanity.
Now, Maggie Haberman and Michael S. Schmidt of The New York Times report that Mueller has gotten his hands on an early draft of a letter written by Trump and senior advisor Stephen Miller explaining the president’s reasoning for firing then-FBI Director James Comey.
At the time White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II objected to the early draft because he found some elements “problematic.” His objections were strong enough to block the letter. Instead, Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein wrote a letter, which blamed the firing on Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
It’s as yet unclear what exactly the earlier letter said, as the Times was unable to get a hold of the copy currently in Mueller’s possession. That said, it seems highly unlikely that Trump actually fired Comey over the Clinton investigation. In fact, Trump himself admitted to Russian diplomats that firing Comey relieved the “great pressure” that the FBI director’s investigation was placing on him.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.