Ex-FBI head accuses Trump of pressure on Russian Federation probe
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 14:36
The exchanges, which took place on January 6, January 27, February 14, March 30 and April 11, focused mainly on the FBI's ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign, in particular former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation.
Examples include one from a January 27 dinner at the White House where Comey wrote: "The president said, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.' I didn't move, speak or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed". He is a good guy.
"I would never comment on investigations, whether we have one or not, in an open forum like this", Comey said.
At that point, the President repeated "I need loyalty", to which Mr. Comey replied, "You will always get honesty from me". The incidents undermined the FBI's independence.
"The president sought to obtain a pledge of loyalty from the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during a converstation that centered on whether the director would be able to keep his job".
When Trump responded "honest loyalty", Comey said "you will get that from me" The two men may have "understood the phrase "honest loyalty" differently", he said.
"It was very concerning, given the FBI's role as an independent investigative agency". All four were hesitant to share certain details about the case, citing a desire to maintain the investigation's integrity. They confirm a New York Times report in May that Trump had dismissed as entirely false.
Sarah Sanders, deputy White House press secretary, said aboard Air Force One on Wednesday that Trump hadn't had time yet to read Comey's released testimony.
Trump abruptly fired Comey last month in the midst of the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Comey will testify that President Donald Trump sought his "loyalty" and asked what could be done to "lift the cloud" of investigation shadowing his White House, according to prepared remarks released ahead of his appearance on Capitol Hill on June 8, 2017. "So people went to vote on November 8th having no idea that there was an active counter-intelligence investigation going on of the Trump campaign". We agreed I should do so if circumstances warranted.
When asked by MSNBC's Greta Van Susteren on Wednesday whether the request was appropriate, the Wisconsin Republican answered: "I mean, obviously I don't think that is".
Former FBI Director James Comey has finally revealed his side of the story regarding President Trump's suspected interference in the FBI probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
- Comey privately briefs Trump about a dossier of "salacious and unverified" material that is floating around about Trump.
"I didn't move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed". We simply looked at each other in silence.