Trump's Attempt to Go After Comey Could Backfire
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 14:44
Mr Trump's aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russian Federation investigation have been recorded, and so did the president in a series of teases. The issue here is that he admits leaking a government document to the press, something for which - as Director of the FBI - he investigated others for doing. MSNBC attracted 2.737 million and NBC drew 2.723 million. Trump and his lawyer have disputed that the interaction occurred as Comey described.
Trump and his defenders have seized on a portion of Comey's Thursday testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in which he said he allowed a friend to share a memo with the press about his conversation with Trump, hoping it would trigger the appointment of a special prosecutor.
Key points such as whether Mr Trump implied Mr Comey would keep his job if the "cloud" of the Russian Federation probe lifted, or whether the president asked Mr Comey to drop the investigation into fired NSA Advisor Michael Flynn, remain one man's word against the other.
Detailing one-on-one talks with a sitting president - which under normal circumstances are private - Comey said he took painstaking notes for fear Trump might "lie" about the unusual encounters.
Trump teased reporters Friday that they would be "very disappointed" when it is finally confirmed, "in a very short period of time", whether or not there are actual recordings of Trump and Comey's intimate conversations.
The White House denies that Trump asked for Comey's loyalty and that he back off the Flynn probe.
Especially when, in going after them, Comey has crossed the line himself.
While Comey said Trump had lied about him, Trump didn't use that exact terminology in return on Friday. That's not exactly impartial. Pollack said that, while not illegal, Comey's action belied his public persona. Sessions did recuse himself - meanwhile, Comey's refusal to say more about it leaves Sessions in a lonely spot in a cold city.
Trump Jr. argued Saturday that Comey was being disingenuous in his description of the meeting. Mr. Trump is still adamant on his earlier positions. In May, he gave inaccurate testimony about how often former Clinton aide Huma Abedin forwarded government emails to the laptop of her former husband. "I think it's abhorrent conduct", said Shannen W. Coffin, a former Justice Department official and counsel to Vice President Richard B. Cheney. Why wouldn't Comey say so sooner? Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., once called him "sanctimonious" - the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief has enhanced his credibility by admitting to his role in leaks that supported him. If anything, Comey's testimony shows that Trump's major mistake where Comey is concerned is waiting so long to fire him.