President Donald Trump directed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to write a memo that justified the firing of former FBI director James Comey, a new book claims.
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired almost one year ago after a 22-year FBI career, wrote a new book that will hit store shelves later in February. In it, he wrote Rosenstein was upset and "glassy-eyed" after concluding the White House was trying to use his memo as a way to justify Comey's dismissal.
"He said it wasn't his idea. The president had ordered him to write the memo justifying the firing," McCabe wrote, according to The Guardian.
Rosenstein added that he was not sleeping well and said, "There's no one here that I can trust," according to McCabe's account.
McCabe's book, "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump," will debut Feb. 19. The Guardian obtained an advance copy.
Trump fired Comey in May 2017, which has become one of the focal points of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Mueller's team is probing whether Trump obstructed justice by getting rid of Comey over the FBI's investigation of whether the Trump campaign had an improper relationship with the Russians.
One day after Comey was fired, Trump met with two high-ranking Russian officials in the Oval Office and was pictured laughing and smiling with them.
McCabe was let go 26 hours before his scheduled retirement, which caused him to lose part of his pension. Jeff Sessions, the attorney general at the time, cited an internal investigation that claimed McCabe had not been truthful about releasing information to the media.
McCabe said his dismissal was politically motivated over the FBI's Trump investigation.
Rosenstein is reportedly planning to leave his post at the conclusion of the Russia investigation.
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