Report: Top FBI official gave Mueller secret memo on Comey firing

Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe wrote a confidential memo last spring describing a conversation with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about the firing of McCabe’s former boss James Comey, The New York Times reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the discussion. McCabe said Rosenstein told him President Trump originally asked him to reference Russia in a memo used to justify firing Comey. Rosenstein mentioned Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation instead. McCabe, who has given his memo to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, reportedly took Rosenstein’s comment as possible evidence that Comey’s firing really was over the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Trump’s lawyers point to Rosenstein’s involvement as proof Trump wasn’t trying to obstruct justice.

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