Comey says President Trump was 'looking to get something'
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 16:13
The president, he said, never asked Comey to "let go" of the Flynn investigation.
His predecessor as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, Robert Mueller, is now leading the probe of Russian interference into the 2016 election and possible collusion by members of Trump's campaign team.
"I replied, 'You will always get honesty from me'".
Last month, White House press secretary Sean Spicer denied that Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to him.
"Do you know of any case where a person has been charged for obstruction of justice or, for that matter, any other criminal offense where they said or thought they hoped for an outcome?"
"I think Senator Burr, leading the way, and making sure we properly frame what this is and is not, I think is critical", said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. Although the Times also reported on May 11 - before Trump's tweet - about Comey's private dinner with the president, that story made no reference to Comey's contemporaneous memos.
Throughout the onslaught of Russian Federation stories, Trump has made questions of "unmasking" - or having intelligence officials identify redacted names for intelligence collection - and allegations that Obama conducted surveillance of him, the counter story.
"I concluded it made little sense to report it to Attorney General Sessions, who we expected would likely recuse himself from involvement in Russia-related investigations", Comey said of discussions with other top Justice officials on whether they should alert Sessions to Trump's private request of Comey.
"He paused, and then said, 'That is what I want, honest loyalty, ' " recalled Mr Comey.
To punctuate how personal and threatening Comey's testimony was, Marc Kasowitz, the president's personal lawyer, offered a public and point-by-point rebuttal on Thursday afternoon.
When did Comey take Trump at his word? Comey's sharing of said memos were purported to spark the appointment of a special counsel into the Russian Federation investigation.
In one of the day's many shocks, Comey said he was the source, through a Columbia University law professor, of a media leak about the existence and substance of his memo of his February 14 meeting with Trump.