Washington Braces for Comey Testimony
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 10:45
This Thursday promises to be a feisty day for the Washington D.C. political calendar, as former FBI head James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his interactions with President Donald Trump, and, specifically, whether Trump pressured him to end investigations into possible ties between the current administration and Russian Federation.
May 17, the day after the New York Times reported a memo from Comey revealing that Trump had asked him to scrap a federal investigation into then-national security adviser Michael Flynn, all three indexes saw their worst day of the year.
President Trump has cited the investigation into possible Russian meddling in the election, and ties to his campaign, as part of his reason for dismissing Comey. So far, Comey's congressional testimony doesn't tell us much about the truthfulness of allegations that Trump tried to impede the Russian Federation investigation.
On Thursday James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The ad highlights that Comey's previous congressional testimony about Hillary Clinton's emails was inaccurate and needed to be corrected. Sources say the parameters set by the two men - who are friends and former colleagues at the Justice Department - were aimed at avoiding the possibility that Comey's testimony could taint any criminal case that Mueller might ultimately bring.
Mr Comey was given the go-ahead to deliver potentially explosive testimony after the White House announced it would not use its executive privilege to block his appearance, less than a month after he was controversially sacked by the President. His dramatic telling of that story helped lead to the resignation of President George W. Bush's attorney general, Alberto Gonzales.
"Jared has actually become more famous than me", Trump said, prompting laughter from the group and a grin from Kushner.
"This is an investigation into potential treason, potential espionage, potential obstruction of justice".
This is the letter President Trump sent to FBI Director James Comey regarding his dismissal on May 9, 2017. Height Securities analysts in a note said that's a good sign.
"There will no doubt be a tension between people trying to have him draw conclusions and being a fact witness", says this source familiar with Comey's thinking, indicating that it is up to the special counsel to draw legal conclusions after conducting a complete legal inquiry "into the White House side of things and not just a few interactions" with Comey. "Does Mr. Comey agree that that was what was said?"
Comey "put politics over protecting America", a narrator says in the 30-second spot, titled "Showboat", which was shared with The Associated Press.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Trump asked Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, on March 22 if he could intervene with Comey to influence the Flynn investigation.