In a recent book by former deputy of James Comey, it has been revealed that President Donald Trump ordered the Justice Department to rationalize his firing of the FBI Director in 2017.
Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe gave details of attorney general Rod Rosenstein’s fury after he was asked by the White House to draft a “notorious” memo in which he advised the removal of James Comey.
McCabe writes that Rosenstein, 54, appeared “glassy-eyed” and emotional when he met him in a private meeting after the firing of James Comey in May 2017.
McCabe writes, “He said it wasn’t his idea. The president had ordered him to write the memo justifying the firing,” adding that Rosenstein was having trouble sleeping after he concluded that he had been scapegoated by the White House.
“There’s no one here that I can trust,” McCabe quotes the deputy attorney general as saying.
An advance copy of McCabe’s book, The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump was obtained by The Guardian. The book will go on sale by the end of this month.
Rosenstein defended the memo that criticized Comey’s handling of the FBI investigation in respect of former presidential candidate Hilary Clinton’s usage of personal email account.
Last year, Rosenstein in a testimony to Congress sided with the White House’s version of events. He said of the memo: “I wrote it. I believe it. I stand by it.”
Reportedly, Rosenstein threatened to quit, when Trump used the memo as a justification to fire James Comey.
Trump later referred to “the Russia Thing” as a justification for pushing out James Comey, who at the time was overseeing the FBI while the potential connection between Russia and Trump campaign was being investigated.
Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller – few days after Comey’s dismissal – the special council to take over the FBI’s investigation. However, Mueller’s appointment didn’t go well with Trump.
In his book, McCabe accuses Trump of unleashing “strain of insanity” into public life, and acting like a mobster when he allegedly offered to support McCabe in return for loyalty.
“The president and his men were trying to work me the way a criminal brigade would operate,” McCabe describes his brief stay as acting director of the FBI.
Just 26 hours prior to his retirement, then-attorney general Jeff Sessions fired McCabe, alleging that he “made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor”.
After the sacking of McCabe last year, Trump tweeted, “Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy.”
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