A new report from the New York Times confirms that deputy AG Rod Rosenstein knew from the beginning that popular vote loser Donald Trump fired former FBI director James Comey over fears of his Russia investigation.
Rosenstein told former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe in May of last year that Trump asked him to reference Russia in his memo on Comey’s firing, but he didn’t explain what Trump wanted him to say in the memo.
McCabe was clearly bothered by the conversation, so he created his own confidential memo afterward expressing concern that Rosenstein helped Trump craft a cover story for Comey’s firing. Robert Mueller ow has secret document.
John Dean, who testified in the Watergate case that brought down President Richard Nixon, told CNN’s Kate Bolduan that he doesn’t think the evidence was damning against Rosenstein, but clearly indicates Trump’s guilt in the matter.
“I don’t think necessarily so,” Dean said. “What I see is, he’s clearly showing what Trump’s intent was to try to incorporate somehow justifying the firing. The summary of it suggest to me that another drop of water that shows us a little bit more of Trump’s steady intent as to why he fired Comey — and it was because of the Russia investigation, and that was very much on his mind.”
Dean doesn’t believe this proves Trump guilty of obstruction, but that it does show a pattern of behavior that certainly suggests obstruction:
“It’s no smoking gun, let’s say that,” Dean said. “I don’t think this is in itself evidence of obstruction, but we’ve just seen a broad pattern of behavior, and with this obstruction there’s two types. There’s one, what comes under the statute where even an endeavor to obstruct can be criminally charged, and then we have political obstruction, which is what the Congress will be considered as they did with Clinton, when he was addressed with a charge of obstruction as was Nixon, who had a very strong case against him.”
It certainly is a pattern of behavior. Obstruction of Justice – it’s kind of Trump’s defining quality as President, really.