Comey: I was sacked to derail Russian Federation probe

Angie Massey
June 10, 2017

"Today's revelation from Comey that Bob Mueller is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice raises the stakes for Republicans who would rather carry the President's water than see this investigation through and ensure anyone who broke the law is held accountable".

Social media also poked fun when Comey revealed a presidential intrusion into his domestic life.

Everything Trump did before and after that exchange at a one-on-one White House dinner would seem to validate Comey's takeaway.

Comey said Trump did not attempt to get him to drop the overall Russian Federation investigation, just the part of if that related to Flynn, whom the president fired in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations a year ago with Kislyak.

Laura Donohue, a Georgetown University Law Center professor, said if Trump fired Comey to change the course of the Russian Federation investigation, that would constitute obstruction of justice.

When questioned by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Comey answered that President Donald Trump was not under investigation by the FBI.

Still, there was no doubt the veteran lawman made for a challenging adversary.

Former FBI director James Comey may have done more damage to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday than even President Trump, whom Comey publicly accused of waving him off part of the Russian Federation investigation. "I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning", Comey testified.

At one point, he practically dared President Trump to release any recordings of their conversations, a prospect the president once alluded to in a tweet.

With trademark flair, Comey told the committee, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes" of his conversations with Trump. Other Congressional GOP leaders were similarly reticent to attack.

Republicans mindful of the gravity of the moment worked feverishly to lessen any damage from the hearing.

The high profile hearing is scheduled to find out the circumstances under which Comey was sacked and if Trump had interfered with FBI investigations.

King asks Comey: "In his press conference on May 18th, the president was asked whether he had urged you to shut down the investigation into Michael Flynn".

Comey told the Senate panel that he shared an unclassified memo about his February conversation with Trump about Flynn because he hoped it would lead to the appointment of a special counsel.

"It is totally wrong - I'll go beyond inappropriate - it is wrong for the president of the United States to tell or imply to an FBI director that an investigation should not go forward", she told CNN. "I was so stunned by the conversation, I just took it in".

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"What struck me is that it is completely unacceptable for the president to ask the FBI director to be personally loyal to him and to ask the FBI director to drop it with regards to an ongoing investigation into his former national security adviser", said Sen.

"He's a leaker", Mr Trump said dismissively.

The early morning tweet was Trump's first response to Comey's testimony Thursday before a Senate committee in which he accused the president of lies and defamation. Comey said in his opening statement that his leadership team at the FBI agreed not to share this with Sessions for the following reason: "We concluded it made little sense to report it to Attorney General Sessions, who we expected would likely recuse himself from involvement in Russia-related investigations". The president responded, quote, 'No, no.

But Trump's lawyer presents zero actual evidence that what Comey said is false.

But when it came to Flynn, Trump leaned on Comey to back off.

Or, he could have asked a clarifying question, such as, "Mr. President are you ordering me to discontinue an investigation?"

This has raised questions as to why Comey didn't tell others, including the attorney general. McCain added, "Maybe going forward I shouldn't stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games".

Fact is, Comey is the type of law enforcer so filled with his own rectitude that he has angered members of both parties with his willingness to go after politicians whom he believes crossed the line.

Cornyn, a former Texas attorney general and state supreme court judge, also focused on the apparent conflicts of interest involving Loretta Lynch, former President Barack Obama's attorney general, who was criticized for meeting privately with former President Bill Clinton during the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Hillary Clinton's emails.

Comey said that language "tracked" how the Clinton campaign was talking about the FBI's work.

"We know how to fight and we will never give up", Trump added. The opposite occurred, as the firing created a political firestorm that has stalled Trump's legislative agenda and taken over Washington.

Comey met with a U.S. Senate committee Thursday.

"There should be no fuzz on this".

Comey referred to that context in concluding that he was convinced he was sacked because of the Russian investigation.

Trump has begrudgingly accepted that assessment.

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