Former FBI Director James Comey has hired former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to help him prepare for his possible role as a potential witness in an obstruction case against Donald Trump should charges be brought against the president by FBI special counsel Robert Mueller, Talking Points Memo reports.
Mueller, who was appointed after Comey was fired by Trump in May of 2017, is tasked with investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. But Mueller is preparing a report about Trump's actions in office and potential obstruction of justice when he fired Comey from his post.
Comey during an interview with ABC that aired Sunday night said Trump tried to obstruct justice when he urged Comey to drop his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
"I mean, it's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice," Comey told George Stephanopoulos. "It would depend – and I'm just a witness in this case, not the investigator or prosecutor – it would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent."
Comey and Fitzgerald have been close friends since the 1980s, when the pair worked together in the Southern District of New York's U.S. Attorney's Office. David Kelley, one of Comey's lawyers, would not confirm or deny whether Fitzgerald had joined Comey's legal team. Fitzgerald did not return TPM's requests for a comment.
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