On May 3rd, nearly three months after the meeting that Comey memorialized in the document, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) asked him directly whether there had been any political influence on the FBI's investigations.
With growing calls from largely Democratic lawmakers that the Trump administration could no longer credibly conduct any investigation into Russian Federation in the midst of Comey's ouster, Mueller was thrust into the picture. However, Obama administration officials blocked Comey from making public statements, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter speaking to Newsweek.
As the showdown with Bush was going on, Comey, riding with Mueller to the White House, reflected on the impending fight that could be bearing down on the men.
"He had a draft of it or an outline".
"The Trump Administration must make clear that Director Mueller will have the resources and independence he needs to execute this critical investigation", Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday. The source told Newsweek the meeting was attended by Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
The mixed messages come as rumors have swirled about a possible shake-up of White House communications staff. "An op-ed doesn't have the same stature".
One can see why Chaffetz has some skepticism over the reports, and it's not just from the sourcing of the stories. Since Jeff Sessions has recused himself from all Russian Federation considerations, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Trump investigation.
COMEY: Well we work with the Department of Justice, whether that's main justice or USA attorney's offices on all of our investigations.
"No. Next question", Trump stated when asked by a reporter about the allegation.
Yahoo's Michael Isikoff reported on Thursday that Flynn revealed the message from Trump to a small group of supporters at a restaurant in northern Virginia on April 25. Who was the target? While Trump himself derided the news, complaining that there was no need for a "special councel" for him if there was none for Obama, many others celebrated this development.
It was a by-the-book decision. Whether it says what it does and whether it carries the meaning assigned to it by others can't be known until it's produced publicly. Instead of bringing Mr. Comey to the Oval Office to dismiss him, Mr. Trump dispatched his longtime bodyguard to Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters with a terse letter.
"In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country", he had said.
Even though Comey reportedly had concerns about Lynch's motivations, he went along and did not call the criminal investigation an investigation. What we're left with is the special counsel, a long-standing position that is somewhat of a compromise - between the unfettered power of the president, as Nixon showed with the Saturday Night Massacre, and the uncontrollable power of the independent counsel, as Starr demonstrated in the Monica Lewinsky investigation.
With additional research by Joshua Klein. Follow him on Facebook.