Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe discussed whether opening an investigation of President Donald Trump days after he fired James Comey would be perceived as an act of revenge for getting rid of the FBI director, according to interview notes from the special counsel’s investigation released this week.
H/T: Daily Caller
“Rosenstein immediately started to question McCabe about his basis for opening the cases, his legal theory, and similar questions,” the notes state. “They also discussed whether the investigations would be perceived as revenge.”
“What changed McCabe’s calculus on whether to open an obstruction case on Trump was Lester Holt’s interview on Trump, when Trump said he was thinking about Russia when he fired Comey,” read the interview notes. “The timing of the opening of the investigation right after Comey’s termination was ‘concerning’ but the facts lined up to support it.”
McCabe says Rosenstein wanted Comey advice on a special counsel after helping fire Comey https://t.co/dSaBGfcotf— donald (@Don_Gee) February 6, 2020