Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote about the circumstances leading up to the firing of his onetime boss, James Comey. The memo says Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein first was asked to mention Comey’s handling of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election but ended up citing only Hillary Clinton’s email.
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe drafted a memo on circumstances leading up to the firing of his onetime boss, James Comey, reports the Associated Press. The memo, which has been turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller, concerns a conversation that McCabe had with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about Rosenstein’s preparations for Comey’s firing. Rosenstein wrote a memo faulting Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, a document that the White House held up as justification for President Trump’s decision to fire the FBI director.
Rosenstein has said he wrote a memo laying out his concerns with Comey after learning that the White House intended to fire the director. According to McCabe’s memo, Rosenstein indicated to him that he was initially asked to reference the Russia investigation in his own memo on Comey. The final version didn’t include discussion of Russia and focused instead on the Clinton email case. Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel one week after Comey was fired. He has said he would recuse himself if his actions became relevant to Mueller’s investigation. McCabe became FBI acting director following Comey’s firing last May. He was fired as deputy director in March, just days before his scheduled retirement, amid an inspector general finding that he had misled internal investigators about his role in an October 2016 disclosure to the Wall Street Journal.