Gingrich: Mueller Investigation 'Poisoned Fruit' After Comey Testimony
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 2:49
In stunning public testimony last week, James Comey acknowledged arranging for a friend to leak details of a conversation Comey had with President Trump - the February 14 Oval Office encounter in which Trump said he hoped the FBI director could "drop" the bureau's investigation of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to Comey's contemporaneous notes.
The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said he publicly disclosed memos about his meeting with Trump because he felt the White House may deceive the public about the nature of the meetings and Comey's firing.
At the same time, Mr. Trump has said he feels vindicated by Comey's testimony.
Trump first hinted in May about the existence of "tapes" between himself and Comey on Twitter.
Asked what would happen if the tapes turned out to be real and Trump did not give them up, Collins responded, "I would be fine with issuing a subpoena, but that most likely would come from the special counsel's office". "And there'd be nothing wrong with it if I did say that, according to everybody that I read today, but I did not say that".
He later leaked details of the notes to the media via a friend. He said the recently appointed special counsel would examine the matter.
In an interview on Fox News, Trump Jr. said President Donald Trump was "vindicated" by Comey's admission that when he left the FBI, the bureau wasn't specifically investigating the president in the probe into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.
Daniel Richman, a criminal law professor at Columbia, later confirmed to reporters that he was the person Comey was referring to in his testimony.
On Friday, the President declared he was "100 per cent" willing to testify under oath that Mr Comey was lying about their conversations, but refused to confirm the existence of the tapes.
When White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked as to when the president would comment about the tapes' existence, he answered, "When he's ready".
As perhaps should have been expected, the most important takeaway from Comey's testimony may be what he didn't say.
Bharara says he's not accusing Trump of pressing him on any particular case.
Comey was also reticent about his interactions with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was his boss - and who had to recuse himself from Russia-related investigations.