Irony usually has an odd way of showing itself, and news which just broke moments ago from the New York Times is a clear example of such. 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 last year, prior to his investigation being 100% complete, another ‘early draft’ of a letter has popped up as well.
The New York Times has spoken to a dozen administration officials and others who were briefed on this matter and have confirmed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller now has in his possession an early draft of a letter written by Stephen Miller at the direction of President Trump. The letter, written back in May while Trump and Miller were at the President’s Bedminster, NJ golf course, was going to be used by the President to rationalize his planned firing of former FBI Director James Comey. According to numerous sources who spoke to the New York Times, the letter was never officially used, as White House counsel Donald McGahn believed that the language within it was ‘problematic’.
McGahn was successful in blocking the letter, and the administration instead used one that was written by deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, which blamed the Comey firing on his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
The contents of the letter have not been leaked to the Times, but numerous sources who have spoken to the Times on the condition of anonymity have stated the contents included the President’s own rationale as to why he really fired 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.
Could this early draft ultimately be the President’s undoing? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below.