Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein produced a memorandum which may explain why President Donald Trump chose to fire now former FBI Director James Comey last night. Today on "The Chris Salcedo Show," Chris Salcedo drew attention to the memo, which was initially sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on May 9, and was produced in the New York Times and the Atlantic with various annotations. In it, Rosenstein states that "the FBI's reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage, and it has affected the entire Department of Justice."
He then said "I cannot defend the Director's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken." Hillary Clinton, who ran against Trump in the 2016 election, was being investigated for having classified material on a private, non-secure server.
"The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General's authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution," the memo continues, "It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement. At most, the Director should have said the FBI had completed its investigation and presented its findings to federal prosecutors."
Democrats in Congress have deemed the firing to be an effort to cover up Trump's alleged involvement with Russian tampering in the 2016 election. This memo would seem to indicate that Comey was actually fired for continually mishandling investigations, including the one Clinton partly blames for her loss of the election.