Comey said he felt it was necessary to take notes on his meetings and conversations with Trump because he feared the president would lie about what took place.
The request is a sign of escalating fallout from riveting testimony from Mr Comey last week of undue pressure from Mr Trump. “Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!“.
President Trump and Romanian President Iohannis at Rose Garden press conference, June 9, 2017. We obviously have Comey’s version of events, bolstered by a contemporaneous memo he prepared at the time. As he publicly stated the next day, he did say to Mr. Comey, “General Flynn is a good guy, he has been through a lot”, and also “asked how is General Flynn is doing”. Afterward, the Justice Department appointed former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the Russian Federation probe just one day after the memos were disclosed. She called Comey an “honorable individual”.
“This doesn’t strike me as a daily diary”, Turley said. Comey on Thursday had said he would welcome the release of such recordings, if they exist. But Comey also testified he believes Mueller will look into allegations Trump pressured him into dropping the probe into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn, which could create more headaches for the president. But he nearly certainly would avail himself as a witness to Mueller in any obstruction of justice investigation centered on his firing, or to further discuss requests he received from Trump that he interpreted as directives. He is working through the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, designated by the Justice Department to run the main investigation.
Comey’s testimony confirmed that Trump “never sought to impede the investigation”, Kasowitz claimed in defiance of the facts.
After weeks of buildup, former FBI Director James Comey finally delivered his testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Community.
Still, there was no doubt the veteran lawman made for a challenging adversary.
In written and oral testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey provided an explosive account of an attempted cover-up by the president.
“On two subsequent occasions, Trump called Comey and told him the Russian Federation investigation was “‘a cloud’ impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country”.
“That is a very big deal, and not just because it involves me”. He hinted that reporters would be “disappointed” in the answer.
The argument from Trump and his allies is supposed to be that the president didn’t say what Comey claims, but the argument from Donald Trump Jr.is that the president did make those comments, his father’s denials notwithstanding, though they shouldn’t be seen as controversial.
Kasowitz disputed those points and attacked Comey for leaking “privileged communications” to the media.
Trump Jr. argued Saturday that Comey was being disingenuous in his description of the meeting. “If anybody wants to pursue him, he has made himself available, and that’s the most anyone can ask for”. “President, this is wrong, ‘?”