The New York Times cited the memo in a May 16 story, saying Trump asked Comey to shut down the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
President Donald Trump aimed a Sunday tweet at ousted FBI Director James Comey, calling him a “cowardly” leaker, as fired Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara recounted what he saw as parallels between his contacts with Trump and those Comey testified about on Thursday. Mr. Flynn and other top Trump officials, given Comey’s allegations, could be in deep trouble for their dealings with Russian Federation and other matters. Trump also said he would “100 percent” meet with Special Counsel Robert Mueller-who is overseeing the Russian Federation investigation-and tell him the same thing under oath.
“I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting”, Comey said, “It led me to believe that I gotta write it down, and I gotta write it down in a detailed way”. If special counsel Robert Mueller believes that Comey acted improperly, it is up to him, not the one who is accused of lying, to act.
Earlier in the day on Twitter, the Republican President claimed “total and complete vindication”.
Comey described his dealings with Trump as awkward and disturbing because the president was trying to influence a criminal investigation.
At some point, special counsel Robert Mueller will want to interview those Federal Bureau of Investigation colleagues about those conversations.
“I will tell you I didn’t say that”, Trump said at a conference in the White House Rose Garden.
During nearly three hours of statements Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey described himself as “stunned” by Trump’s “very disturbing” and “very concerning” behavior in several of their meetings.
Detailing one-on-one talks with a sitting president – which under normal circumstances are private – Comey said he took painstaking notes for fear Trump might “lie” about the unusual encounters. Much of the legal controversy surrounding Trump – including whether he obstructed justice – relates to Comey and the conversations he had with the president. I’m not going to say, ‘I want you to pledge allegiance.’ Who would do that?
Earlier, Trump fired back at Comey, accusing him of leaking information. They sent a separate request to Trump’s White House counsel, Don McGahn, for any record the White House had of their meetings.
He asserted that nothing in Mr Comey’s testimony to the Senate pointed to collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice.
Kasowitz’s intentions come against a backdrop in which the president himself said via Twitter this morning, “WOW, Comey is a leaker!”
“It crossed a boundary that the president should not have crossed”.
At least we finally we know something important about Washington today: that getting and keeping the job in DC is more important than actually doing the job.
In any other presidency, the events laid out by Comey – Trump asking for “loyalty” from the FBI director who was investigating the president’s associates, then asking him to drop an investigation into a former aide and ultimately firing him when he did not – might have spelled the end. And, as Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGOP rep. dismisses Mueller probe: ‘What the hell are we investigating?’ The Memo: Trump allies turn fire on Mueller Feehery: Checks and balances MORE, Jr. admitted to Fox News, when his daddy tells you something, “there’s no ambiguity”.
TRUMP: 100 percent. I hardly know the man.
“But I did not say that”. Trump issued his warning online on May 12, three days after Comey was sacked and four days before the newspaper reported on the information in the memo, which was recounted by Comey associates.
Another Republican senator, Lindsey Graham of SC, told CBS he thought it would be “inappropriate for the president to testify publicly”.