Perhaps this is why the president’s team is so fond of declining requests for comment.
It came out last week that Special Counsel for the Russia investigation Robert Mueller had allegedly gotten its hands on a copy of the original letter that describes the president’s justification for firing FBI Director James Comey.
Comey, at the time of his firing, was helping lead the Russia investigation, and when Robert Mueller took it over sometime after Comey’s departure, he took up the question of whether or not Trump firing Comey — in addition to other interactions between the former FBI Director and the president — represented obstruction of justice on the part of the president.
The original letter describing why the president wanted Comey out would, of course, be relevant to answering that question. According to reports, White House Counsel Don McGahn helped edit the letter before it was made official because he felt that Trump’s explanation of his reasoning — which allegedly included that Comey wouldn’t confirm publicly that the president was not personally under investigation — was incriminating.
White House Special Counsel Ty Cobb, who was brought on to represent the president in the ongoing Russia investigation, freaked out on Business Insider reporter Natasha Bertrand over this characterization.
According to Cobb, the president’s original letter was not incriminating. Instead, Cobb says, the original letter was simply “presented for comments from senior staff” and is “wholly exonerating.” Besides the alleged editing from White House Counsel Don McGahn, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also allegedly weighed in before a final version of the letter was settled upon.
Cobb adds that the original and the final versions of the termination letter “are quite consistent and focus on the former Director’s usurpation of powers and other erratic and inexplicable conduct.”
Since Cobb reached out in this fashion, Bertrand continued the conversation — but to say that the White House lawyer got defensive would be an understatement.
Bertrand asked Cobb why had the letter been sent to the DOJ rather than Comey.
To this, Cobb responded — in the email, you can see a screenshot of below — by writing, “Are you on drugs? Have you read anything else on this???”
Notably, this incident isn’t even the first time that a member of the president’s legal team has freaked out on a member of the public. Earlier this year, Marc Kasowitz — who has since departed the president’s legal team — responded to an email urging him to resign by telling the email author, “Watch your back, bitch!”
We’ll have to wait and see if Cobb resigns, as Kasowitz did, following this outburst.
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