Comey's Testimony Could Mean More Bad News for Trump
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 5:28
Mr Trump has accused Mr Comey of leaking information, writing in an early morning tweet the day after the hearing: "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication.and WOW, Comey is a leaker!" I was also confused by the initial explanation that was offered publicly that I was sacked because of the decisions I had made during the election year. He paid close attention in his meeting with Trump.
The testimony, Comey's first public statements since his May 9 dismissal, is likely to bring hours of uncomfortable attention to an administration shadowed for months by an investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Comey's statement confirms that Flynn was under criminal investigation while serving as national security advisor, a position that would have granted him access to some of the United States' most closely guarded national security and intelligence programs.
The memos might be the best insight into their conversations, though Trump once tweeted that Comey had better hope there are no "tapes" before he leaks anything to the press. Of course, Comey is a private citizen not under investigation, and Trump is a sitting president whose close associates (at least) are under investigation for potentially helping a foreign government undermine a USA election.
Correction, June 8, 2017: Michael Flynn is the former US national security advisor fired for allegedly lying to Vice President Mike Pence. When Trump asked him to drop the Flynn investigation, Comey demurred and simply agreed Flynn was a "good guy".
Comey's words to the Senate Intelligence Committee, under oath, made clear that Trump faces real legal jeopardy.
Legal analysts have said previously that there was reason to believe Trump might have obstructed justice - both in asking him to shut down the probe into Flynn and then, later, in firing Comey. Trump fired him last month.
Comey took the Times and other media outlets to task, however, testifying that "there have been many, many stories about Russian Federation ... that are dead wrong".
But Comey later said he took the president's assertion as akin to a command. Comey says he thinks Trump's comments to him were meant to get the FBI to go easy on Flynn in its investigation, which started while Comey led the agency. And I said I'll, you know, consider.
Instead, Comey agreed with the president, while being careful to make no promises to him. But Comey's testimony went further, showing that Trump was expecting a quid pro quo: He had allowed Comey to stay on in his job, and in return, expected the director to fix some things for him.
Comey also made note of specific details that really brought the audience into each scene-like Trump's unsettling "cloud" that needs to be "lifted" so he can act "on behalf of the country".
On the liberal site Talking Points Memo, the same detail was hailed as evidence of "how Comey outflanked Trump".
Comey told the Senate panel that he was so concerned by his conversations with Trump that he immediately documented their encounters - which included a White House dinner, private meetings, and several phone calls - in a series of memorandums.
Right in Comey's opening remarks, shortly after Sen. "I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards to find out the intention and whether that's an offence". "Revered" is probably not too strong a word for Comey's standing among current and former Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, and he's deeply respected throughout the law enforcement and intelligence communities.