Trump draft letter complained Comey wouldn't clear him: report

A letter authored by President Trump and a senior adviser detailing the president's reasoning for firing FBI Director James Comey reportedly complained that the former top cop wouldn't publicly say that Trump was not personally under investigation.

The Washington Post reported Friday that the letter, which was never delivered to Comey, is currently under review by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the federal investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Moscow and collusion to influence the outcome of the presidential election.

Comey confirmed in testimony before a Senate panel in June that he had privately told Trump that he was not personally under investigation as part of the FBI's Russia probe. Comey said he didn't make the disclosure public because the status could change down the road.

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Trump drafted the initial letter with Stephen Miller, a senior policy adviser and speechwriter, in May before sharing it with senior aides, according to multiple reports.

Trump ultimately decided not to send the letter after his aides urged caution in doing so, the Post reported.

According to The New York Times, which first reported that Mueller had obtained Trump's initial letter, the draft was blocked by White House counsel Don McGahn.

Days after firing Comey, who was at the time leading the FBI's Russia probe, Trump acknowledged that he had decided to oust him before receiving a recommendation from the Justice Department.