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Don McGahn reportedly sent Comey's firing letter to the wrong printer

We've all been there.

You're trying to print something at work, but when it comes time to choose a device, everything is named some version of "HP Inkjet 3500." So you just click one and perform an office-wide search to find where it ended up.

That's what apparently happened to former White House Counsel Don McGahn while he tried to print something far bigger than a travel budget, investigative reporter Vicky Ward details in her forthcoming book Kushner, Inc.

The story starts back in the early days of President Trump's administration, when James Comey was still FBI director but quickly falling out of favor with Trump. Per an excerpt from Kushner, Inc. published in Axios, an aide to then-National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn saw a mysterious document in his printer. He picked it up, and found it was a letter from Trump firing Comey that "appeared to have been sent to the wrong printer," Ward details.

The aide showed the letter to Cohn, who told him to take it to McGahn, "who also had an office on the second floor of the White House," Ward details. "Upon receiving it and realizing it had been printed in the wrong place, McGahn said, 'Oh, f!@#!'" the account continues. This reportedly happened in May 2017; Comey was fired May 9.

Also in Kushner, Inc., Ward details how Trump ordered his ex-Chief of Staff John Kelly to fire his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Read more about that here.