This is what is revealed in a new book by Andrew McCabe.
Courtesy of The Guardian:
The deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, privately complained that he was ordered by president Donald Trump to write the notorious memo justifying the firing of the FBI director James Comey, according to Comey’s former deputy.
Andrew McCabe writes in a new book that Rosenstein, who has publicly defended the memo, lamented that the president had directed him to rationalize Comey’s dismissal, which is now the subject of inquiries into whether Trump obstructed justice.
Rosenstein made his remarks in a private meeting at the justice department on 12 May 2017, according to McCabe’s memoir, which also accuses Trump of operating like a criminal mob boss and of unleashing a “strain of insanity” in American public life.
McCabe recalls Rosenstein being “glassy-eyed”, visibly upset and sounding emotional after coming to believe the White House was using him as a scapegoat for Comey’s dismissal.
“He said it wasn’t his idea. The president had ordered him to write the memo justifying the firing,” McCabe writes. Rosenstein said he was having trouble sleeping, McCabe writes. “There’s no one here that I can trust,” he is quoted as saying.
I find this completely believable and it helps to explain why Rosenstein so quickly chose a Special Counsel to investigate Trump and his ties to Russia.
McCabe claims that he too was pressured:
In his sharpest criticism, McCabe writes that after firing Comey, Trump and the White House counsel, Don McGahn, acted like mobsters by in effect offering McCabe protection in return for loyalty.
“The president and his men were trying to work me the way a criminal brigade would operate,” McCabe writes, recalling an Oval Office meeting soon after his elevation to acting FBI director.
He confirms reports that Trump asked him how he voted in 2016. Having been a lifelong registered Republican, McCabe writes, he did not cast a vote for president that year. McCabe was later publicly attacked by Trump, who abused him and his wife in tweets.
McCabe also affirms that Trump and his staff were often distracted by cable news and that Jeff Sessions often flew into fits of rage and confused actual classified intelligence and things he heard on Fox News.
Further, McCabe alleges that Trump utilized an army of loyalist “shock troops” who attacked those who disagreed with the president as traitors.
This book is guaranteed to set Fox News on fire tonight as they rend their clothes and claw at their faces in response to a book written by one of their frequent targets for harassment, that also defends James Comey and identifies Trump as an out of control dictator who functions more like a mob boss than a president of the United States.