It is being reported by ABC News that, back in January, the Department of Justice handed Robert Mueller a veritable treasure trove of internal communications, which reportedly include a draft of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s resignation letter, and various documents showing President Donald Trump’s attempts to fire Mueller.
ABC News reported in November 2017 that Mueller’s team had a keen interest in obtaining internal emails related to the firing of FBI Director James Comey … and the earlier decision of Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the entirety of the Trump-Russia investigation. But it wasn’t clear what other sort of information Mueller’s office might have been seeking at the time.
Hopefully the documents newly received by the special counsel will act as evidence that Donald Trump himself has worked to block the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s tampering with the 2016 Presidential Election.
Last March, Sessions recused himself from the Russia inquiry, but he still wrote a “memo” recommending that former FBI Director James Comey shuld be fired. Trump eventually did dismiss Comey, and his initial reason was that Comey’s investigation of Clinton’s emails during the 2016 presidential campaign — of ALL things — was unprofessional and that Comey had lost the respect of his agency. Trump later told NBC journalist Lester Holt that Comey’s dismissal was actually related to the investigation, which we all knew.
Because Comey’s termination and Jeff Sessions having recused himself, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein then assigned Robert Mueller to head the investigation. Trump was reportedly furious at Mueller’s appointment and demanded that Sessions resign. Shortly after Trump was talked down from the ledge of firing the US Attorney General, he transferred all of that energy toward trying to fire Mueller as well, but was reportedly talked out of it by his staff.
This is only what’s been reported so far. It’s likely that Mueller’s team has much more dirt from the DOJ’s document dump.