Key moments of Trump-Comey clash and what's come after

Angie Massey
May 20, 2017

Comey was overseeing two important investigations that shaped Trump's previous year victory against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

"I was going to fire regardless of (their) recommendation", Trump said in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, calling Comey a "showboat" and "grandstander" who led the agency into turmoil.

"I happen to have some lawyers that were unrelated lawyers - and they were saying, 'Wow, she's guilty here, guilty, guilty, guilty'".

That flew in the face of what his top deputies - including Vice President Mike Pence - had said publicly about the incident in the 24 hours after the dismissal.

July 5, 2016: He holds news conference to announce that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, over her email practices as secretary of state, but criticizes Clinton and her staff for being "extremely careless" in their handling of classified material.

October 28, 2016: Days before the election, Comey informs Congress by letter that he is reopening the investigation into Clinton's email practices based on new evidence, citing the discovery of emails on a laptop used by a top Clinton aide.

Clinton has said that Comey's October decision cost her the election.

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In the statement, the group pointed out that Trump may have entered unsafe territory with his actions, as "federal obstruction of justice statutes prohibit the interfering with an investigation for the objective of impeding its outcome".

CNN reported Friday that Comey is "not worried" about Trump's suggestion that their conversations could have been recorded.

May 2, 2017: Clinton again lays part of the blame for losing the election on Comey's October 28 letter.

When it turned out that a White House photographer was present there, too, some mass media said the Trump administration was angry these photographs were published openly. TV news pundits thought Trump ought to know, that if he did record that dinner or those two phone calls, he does not own them; they are federal records, thanks to Nixon.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed its request for a probe with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Friday.

President Donald Trump seemed to throw him a brushback pitch on Twitter, writing Friday that Comey had 'better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!'

"Well, that I can't talk about", Trump told Fox News's Jeanine Pirro in the clip released Friday. The White House denies the account.

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