Who Is Daniel Richman, the Columbia Professor Who Leaked Comey's Trump Memo?
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 23:39
President Donald Trump disputes that he ever asked for James Comey's loyalty or requested that the ex-FBI director drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a source familiar with the president's thinking told ABC News.
Comey, in testimony to the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, said his decision to have his memos shared publicly came after Trump tweeted last month that Comey had "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!".
Mr. Warner asked Mr. Comey about the public "smear" of his character during and after his dismissal from Federal Bureau of Investigation, and asked him to explain whey he documented his interactions with Mr. Trump in such detailed memos.
Rep. Jim Himes, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own investigation, said Comey's testimony showed Trump has "no sense of propriety or an understanding of the need for independence of law enforcement within the executive branch".
Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz plans to make a statement following the congressional testimony of Comey.
Comey also testified in his written testimony that Trump, in a odd private encounter near the grandfather clock in the Oval Office, pushed him to end his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
While Mr. Comey sat at the committee hearing desk alone and had no obvious legal counsel directly at his side, Preet Bharara, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of NY was seated nearby.
When asked if Russian Federation had figured in Comey's firing, Comey said, "Yes, because I've seen the president say so". "I though that might prompt the appointment of special counsel". But senators are still anxious to hear directly from Comey and to question him about details of his conversations with Trump and why he kept those details quiet for months. "Circumstances, subject matter, particular person at issue". Trump has called Comey a "showboat" and a "grandstander" and said he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" in dismissing him.
"'It can't happen that you get kicked out of the room and the president talks to me", he said he told Sessions after Trump privately asked him to drop the Flynn probe.
The moderate Democrat and former governor has worked with Burr to ensure that the committee's investigation is as bipartisan as possible, which likely helped convince Comey to testify before the panel.
"Prior to the January 6 meeting, I discussed with the FBI's leadership team whether I should be prepared to assure President-Elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally".
Trump Jr. also asked whether it was "a joke" that Comey asked a friend to share a memo about his conversation with the president. "President, this is wrong, '?" "He brings a lot of credibility", said Benjamin Wittes, a Comey confidant and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. "I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took it in".
The FBI's investigation includes a probe into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation. "The President then excused him, saying he wanted to speak with me".
The hearing unfolded amid intense political interest, and within a remarkable political context as Comey delivered damaging testimony about the president who fired him, a president who won election only after Comey damaged his opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the final days of the campaign.