Political, legal and constitutional experts made the same claim: As president, he was head of the Executive Branch, and all staffers that serve within the Executive Branch served at his pleasure.
He could simply wake up in the morning and fire anyone (and everyone) if he so chose to — just like every single president before him.
So, if that’s true — and it is — how could Trump have ‘obstructed justice,’ especially since he never ordered the then-fledgling ‘Russian collusion’ investigation (into a hoax) shut down?
Well, that was a legal, political and constitutional argument to make, but declassified documents prove that there was another reason why Trump never obstructed anything: The process to fire Comey was already in the works.
“Newly declassified FBI memos provide startling new details that undercut the frenzied 2017 effort to investigate Donald Trump for obstruction, revealing the FBI knew Director James Comey's firing had been conceived by Justice Department leadership long before the president pulled the trigger during a key moment in the Russia probe,” according to Just the News, which reviewed the document trove.
"The memos written in May 2017 by Acting Director Andrew McCabe and a lieutenant also provide contemporaneous proof for some of the more jaw-dropping lore of the now-discredited Russia collusion scandal,” the outlet continued.
For example, the memos specifically note that then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made an offer to wear a wire so he could secretly record Trump in the Oval Office (remember when that scumbag denied it in a lie before a Senate committee — a criminal offense?). Also, the memos show that Rosenstein wanted to get Comey’s advice after he was terminated about the appointment of a Russia special counsel. But the bureau said ‘no’ to both suggestions, according to the memos. (Related: Mark Levin: Trump-Russia collusion hoax ‘executed by the Obama administration’.)
“The documents — declassified by Trump during his final 24 hours in office — also provide a tantalizing list of names the Trump administration considered for FBI director, including former Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman, ex-director and eventual Russia Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and retired Gen. John Kelly,” Just the News reported.
But Trump wound up settling on Chris Wray for the post.
Some of the more “explosive revelations,” however, detail how McCabe decided early on in his tenure to begin a formal investigation into a president he hated on grounds that Comey’s termination was aimed at thwarting the Russian collusion investigation (which he knew was a hoax as well).
McCabe told Rosenstein on May 16, 2017 — one of the first meetings between both men after Comey was fired and McCabe was elevated to acting director — that he launched an obstruction investigation.
“I explained that the purpose of the investigation was to investigate allegations of possible collusion between the President and the Russian government, possible obstruction of justice related to the firing of FBI Director James Comey and possible conspiracy to obstruct justice,” McCabe wrote, according to a declassified memo.
In her own notes, then-FBI attorney Lisa Page wrote that it seemed odd that Rosenstein appeared angered by Comey’s firing since he and newly-appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had been considering it since January 2017.
“This was a strange comment," she wrote, "because it was my understanding that the DAG had previously indicated that he and AG Sessions had been discussing firing Director Comey since January, but given the nature of the conversation there was no room for follow-up.”
Bottom line: There was so much deep state chicanery involved in the early days of the new Trump Administration that it’s obvious there were multiple efforts already underway to trip him up and depose him — just as we and a few other outlets reported and just as the president himself suspected.
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