Did Trump Fire Comey Over the Russia Inquiry or Not?

ImageRod J. Rosenstein the deputy attorney general oversees the special counsel’s

"Oh for Pete's sake", Hume wrote in response to Trump's tweet.

Pressed on the abundant evidence that the decision to fire Comey was largely about Russia, Lee fell back on claiming that he has "yet to see any piece of evidence, any shred of evidence, any scintilla of evidence suggesting that there was in fact collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government".

He said Comey himself said Trump had the right to fire him "for any reason".

Trump ended up shelving that letter in favor of a far shorter one, but the draft has taken on new significance in the probe by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is examining it as he determines whether Trump's firing of Comey was part of an effort to obstruct justice, according to people with knowledge of the investigation.

The president's assertion, in a morning tweet, is at odds with comments he made in a television interview a year ago in which he said Comey's stewardship of the Russian Federation probe was on his mind when he made his decision to dismiss him. Rosenstein had written a three-page letter faulting Comey for his handling of an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email practices as secretary of State.

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In the confidential memo, McCabe described a conversation he had with the deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice, in which the pair discussed another memo criticising Comey, according to a source quoted by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Even before the allegations against him, McCabe had become a lightning rod in the political battles over the Federal Bureau of Investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller III's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. If Trump fired James Comey over the investigation, that would very likely constitute obstruction of justice.

But regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey, knowing there was no good time to do it. "We have briefed him in great detail on the subjects of the investigation and what we're doing, but I'm not gonna answer about anybody in this forum". Maybe I'll expand that - you know, I'll lengthen the time because it should be over with. The mainstream media's job is to report the current statement and the contradictory statements so that the rest of the public can see for itself Trump's pattern of deception.

On the other hand, the idea that Trump fired Comey because he broke protocol on the Hillary Clinton investigation and made her look unnecessarily bad doesn't exactly hold water, either. Still, one consideration lingers: It takes an wonderful level of shamelessness to say something on national TV, then act like it never happened.

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