McCabe, Rosenstein opened obstruction probe after Trump fired Comey, before Mueller was hired: report

Source: The Hill | December 7, 2018 | Morgan Gstalter

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein opened an obstruction of justice investigation into President Trump before special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment, CNN reported Friday.

McCabe took the step to launch the probe into the president after Trump fired his predecessor, former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, two sources told the cable news outlet.

The FBI’s justification for the probe reportedly included Trump’s reported conversation with Comey in the Oval Office where he asked for an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn to be dropped.

The Washington Post first reported last year the launch of an obstruction investigation but sources elaborated to CNN how top law enforcement officials were frantic after Comey was fired.

They were reportedly concerned about Trump’s behavior and considered him a leader who might need to be reined in, sources told CNN.

Officials reportedly tossed around various ideas about how to handle the investigation, including a discussion about Rosenstein wearing a wire to talk to Trump which Rosenstein later denied.


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