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Ex-DOJ Spox: Comey May Be Trying to Build Legal Case Against Trump

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By    |   Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:57 PM

A former spokesman at the Department of Justice said in a new interview former FBI director James Comey might have spent the last several months building a case against President Donald Trump before he was fired.

Matthew Miller told The Washington Post it's possible Comey decided not to resign in the opening weeks of Trump's presidency because he wanted to keep the president talking so he could record what was said between the two men in writing after the fact.

"And Comey — he might have had two motives here. One is, when you're put in this situation, you want to make a record, so if the other side ever tells their story, you can pretty clearly demonstrate with contemporaneous records that you acted appropriately," Miller said.

It was reported Tuesday that Comey has written records of his conversations and interactions with Trump.

"I keep wondering — something in the back of my head keeps saying to me — maybe Comey was actually trying to build an obstruction-of-justice case against the president here," Miller added.

"You know what I mean? Because Comey could handle this one of two ways: The president makes this request, and the first time Comey might say to him, 'You know, Mr. President, it's inappropriate for us to have this conversation, and I would appreciate if you would not make a request like this to me again.' That's a way to handle it that says very clearly to the president that this should never be repeated.

"But if you're trying to build an obstruction-of-justice case, you might want the president to keep talking, because everything he does is digging a deeper legal hole for himself."

Trump fired Comey last week and wrote in a letter to the former director that he had told Trump on three separate occasions he was not under investigation. The FBI is looking into whether the Trump campaign had any improper ties with Russia.

Miller essentially predicted the fact that Comey had memos of interactions with Trump in a tweet last week that's gotten huge traction:

The DOJ announced Wednesday former FBI director Robert Mueller will serve as special counsel to oversee the bureau's Trump-Russia probe.

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