Trump Lawyers Reportedly Blasted Comey as ‘Machiavellian’ in Letter to Mueller
It turns out that last year lawyers for President Donald Trump sent Robert Mueller a letter that focuses a lot on James Comey.
The Associated Press obtained the letter and says it “aims to identify for Mueller what the lawyers believe are grievous errors both in how Comey handled the Clinton investigation and in his early, and limited, encounters with the president”:
The document does not focus on questions of Trump’s guilt or innocence. Instead, it casts in a negative light actions that Comey has said he carefully reasoned and that he has vigorously defended in his book and interviews. Those include the decision to announce on his own without Justice Department consultation the conclusion of the Clinton investigation, and the decision months later to brief Trump — then the president-elect — on allegations about him in a salacious dossier.
“Mr. Comey continued his Machiavellian behavior after President Trump was elected,” [Marc] Kasowitz wrote.
Kasowitz, who is no longer on the Trump legal team, added, “Over the last year, Mr. Comey has engaged in a pattern of calculated unilateral action unbounded by governing law, regulation and practice, and plainly motivated by personal and political self-interest.”
He also went after Comey for “leaking to civilians his privileged and confidential conversations with the president.”
As recently as last month President Trump has crowed about what a good decision it was to fire Comey in the first place:
When will people start saying, “thank you, Mr. President, for firing James Comey?”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2018
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