On Tuesday, The New York Times reported via anonymous sourcing that a leaked memo written by former FBI Director James Comey in February suggested President Donald Trump had asked the former director to drop the investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn. Five days earlier, former top DOJ official Matthew Miller, who worked with Comey under the Obama Administration, had all but predicted the memo on Twitter.
“One thing I learned at DOJ about Comey: he leaves a protective paper trail whenever he deems something inappropriate happened,” wrote Miller, adding an ominous, “Stay tuned.”
“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 told The Washington Post.
Miller says Comey could have easily nipped any inappropriate comments by Trump in the bud, but seemingly chose to let the president “keep talking”:
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.