It's Notable That James Comey Documented His Meetings With Trump

Chris Christie on MSNBC Wednesday defended President Donald Trump's conversations with former FBI Director James Comey as "normal New York City conversation".

Mr Comey's appearance before the Senate tomorrow has been called Washington's Superbowl and an early release of his statement is a sensational pre-show curtain-raiser.

President Trump shakes hands with FBI Director James Comey during a reception at the White House on January 22.

In that first meeting he told the then-President-elect he was not personally being investigated in the FBI's counter intelligence probe into Russian meddling in last year's presidential election.

Up until now we've only had media leaks to go on, plus rebuttals from the White House. "Two Navy stewards waited on us, only entering the room to serve food and drinks". Congressional sources told The New York Times that in the days before his firing, Comey made a request to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for prosecutors and other personnel for the Russian Federation investigation.

Mr Comey says he replied that he could offer the president his honesty, to which Mr Trump replied that he wanted "honest loyalty".

Comey described the exchange as "very concerning".

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It was during that conversation that Comey said the president asked him what could be done to "lift the cloud" of investigation that was damaging his administration.

March 2, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigations into the Russia-Trump case.

Mr Comey's unease with the Republican president is made clear in several passages.

The committee has released the opening statement of that testimony, which outlines his view of conversations with President Donald Trump, and likely to the extent he will do so when queried by the Senators.

Comey also accused Trump of trying to get him to water down the bureau's investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the election. And it signals that any hope for bipartisan cooperation in the ongoing probe of any Trump-Russia connection will remain elusive.

The White House initially said Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of the Justice Department, citing as justification a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Trump called Comey and asked what he "had done about his request that I "get out" that he is not personally under investigation". With regard to Trump's "serial investigative inquiries made directly of the FBI", he writes that "i$3 t's hard to express to people who are not steeped in federal law enforcement just how inappropriate these inquiries are, particularly when they involve an investigation in which the President has such deep and multifaceted personal stakes".

  • Salvatore Jensen