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Mueller asks Justice Department to hand over documents about Comey's firing

22 November 2017

It's likely part of an attempt to see if President Donald Trump tried to obstruct the department's Russian Federation probe.

For the first time, he's ordered the Justice Department to turn over documents.

The president is entitled to fire the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the president is entitled to direct his Attorney General who to investigate and who not to, that is what the law has been since Thomas Jefferson directed his Attorney General to go after Aaron Burr.

The draft memo was never publicly released, but a copy was shared with Rosenstein, who had taken command of the Russia-related probe, according to the Times.

McGahn, the head of the White House legal team, was involved in the firing of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and the subsequent dismissal of Comey.

The document request is believed to focus on the firing of former FBI Director James Comey
The document request is believed to focus on the firing of former FBI Director James Comey

At one point, Trump told reporters he wouldn't have nominated Sessions to run the Justice Department had he known the attorney general was going to give up oversight authority of the long-running investigation.

Last week, Sessions said he forgot about a campaign meeting where an aide bragged about Russian contacts and said he could set up a meeting for Trump.

Last week, Senate and House Democrats hammered Sessions for previously telling Congress - under oath - that no Trump campaign associates ever communicated with Russian operatives or intermediaries.

On Oct. 30, the Mueller probe indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate, Rick Gates, for several financial crimes and conspiracy against the U.S. Manafort and Gates have been accused of laundering millions of dollars from a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party into the U.S. without disclosing the funds in their taxes. They have each pleaded not guilty.

Mueller's team has already interviewed White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, Trump's former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and former White House press secretary Sean Spicer. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department also declined to comment.

Mueller asks Justice Department to hand over documents about Comey's firing