Comey to Congress: President Trump told him "I need loyalty"
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 22:57
US President Donald Trump asked the United States' top spymaster to intervene with the FBI to get them to drop an investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation, the Washington Post has reported.
The day after President Donald Trump asked James B. Comey, the FBI director, to end an investigation into his former national security adviser, Comey confronted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and said he did not want to be left alone again with the president, according to current and former law enforcement officials.
Coats reportedly then communicated the details of this meeting to others in the intelligence community, ultimately deciding that to acquiesce to such a request would be inappropriate.
Rogers says he will not publicly discuss private conversations he had with the president.
Another source suggested that the President may have misunderstood the exact meaning of Mr Comey's words, especially regarding the FBI's ongoing counter-intelligence investigation.
"The RNC's top priority is to support and defend the White House and this week is no different", RNC spokesman Ryan Mahoney said. Pompeo is a former Republican congressman from Kansas.
A senior intelligence official told the Post that Trump was trying to "muddy the waters" of that investigation and that they viewed Trump's attempts "as a threat to the independence of US spy agencies".
Early Wednesday, Trump announced his pick to succeed Comey at the FBI - Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department official who served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's lawyer during the George Washington Bridge lane-closing investigation.
"In his letter firing Mr Comey last month, the President wrote: ".I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation".
The seven-page text of Comey prepared remarks was released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday afternoon. Comey will testify before Congress the next day. Trump's shifting explanations for removing Comey provoked questions about his motivations, as did an interview with NBC News where Trump said he made his decision with "the Russian thing" on his mind.
"I have not had that discussion with him", Spicer said overnight.
Several times during the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's personal email server past year, for example, Comey made decisions without the Justice Department's knowledge or approval, often to the consternation of Loretta Lynch, then the attorney general. If he quits as attorney-general in the next few weeks, he may be able to run in the special election caused by his Senate vacancy. The poll finds substantial skepticism across party lines, evidence that his role investigating the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has taken a toll.
"There's no doubt that keeping members focused on investigations detracts from our legislative agenda and detracts from what we're trying to deliver to the American people", White House legislative affairs director Marc Short told reporters on Monday. For example, Comey kept James Clapper, Coats's predecessor in the DNI job during the Obama administration, in the dark about the bureau's investigation into possible coordination.
Thus in order to maintain the privilege of President's state, he should maintain this while not interfering in the matter.
"Is there a smoking gun with all the smoke?" And I then said, you know what, the department can not by itself credibly end this.
Clapper revealed Trump spoke to him of his hopes of friendlier relations with the Kremlin. In order to facilitate thorough examination of the alleged Russian probe, Trump should not interfere with the testimonies of Comey investigation.