Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

" "Trump calls Comey "leaks" of memos "'cowardly'"

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Nellie Chapman | 20 June, 2017, 02:13

Both sides of the political fence believe they won after former FBI Director James #Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

Trump fired Comey last month.

The president has suggested several times, but not confirmed, that tapes of his private talks with Comey exist ─ a prospect the ex-FBI chief has emphatically welcomed.

"But I know of no reason why sharing the content of a private conversation with the president with the press would be illegal", Greene said.

According to James Comey, Trump hoped that the then-FBI director would find a way to drop his investigation of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and help blow away "the cloud" concerning the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation.

In his exchanges with the president, he carefully selected his words and took mental notes, after which he wrote down his recollections. And in a tweeted response to Corallo after the interview, Bharara said the "AG office agreed w/ me about call".

During Comey's appearance before the intelligence committee, he stated he had written memos following meetings with Trump-something the former bureau chief said he had not done with previous presidents.

Comey shrewdly didn't wait for the hearing to begin Thursday morning.

Let's set aside the fact that it's easy for Comey to claim - after a special counsel has already been appointed - that his hope for that outcome was his motivation for leaking a government document. As FBI director in the 2000s, Mueller worked with Comey, then the deputy U.S. attorney general. The Boston Globe observes: "The two men have had similar careers".

President Donald Trump is asserting that fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony to Congress represents "total and complete vindication".

Given Comey's reputation as a methodical, ultra-cautious investigator, the testimony was damning, said a Washington lawyer who served in a top position in a prior administration.

Consistent with that statement, the President never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that that Mr. Comey "let Flynn go".

"And I'm not the FBI director", he said, "but I was the chief federal law enforcement officer in Manhattan with jurisdiction over a lot of things including, you know, business interests and other things in NY". The repeated secrecy and dishonesty exhibited by Trump and his subordinates raise the questions: Why did they hide what they did?

A senior Russian lawmaker has dismissed the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey as insignificant.

Senator Collins, who is also a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Mr Trump's links to Russian Federation, described Mr Comey's testimony as "candid" and "thorough" and said she would support a subpoena if needed. Not only did he lose his job, but his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee seemed weak tea in the broader context of the president's potential criminality.

Russian officials have vehemently denied any role in hacking attacks on the Democratic National Convention and voter-registration databases.

Preet Bharara, a prominent former USA attorney ousted by President Donald Trump, said Sunday that he reported to the Justice Department efforts by the president to "cultivate some kind of relationship" with him, describing a series of phone calls from Trump that made him increasingly uncomfortable.

He'll also be participating in an infrastructure event at the Department of Transportation and holding meetings with his Romanian counterpart before departing for New Jersey, where he'll spend the weekend at one if his properties.

Comey is unlikely to play any sort of direct role in the investigation now led by special counsel Robert Mueller, his predecessor as FBI director.

Though Comey joked at a Senate hearing one week before his May 9 firing that he perhaps regretted picking up the phone when he was recruited for the Federal Bureau of Investigation job while living comfortably in CT, he also was known to pepper speeches with cracks about the "soulless" private sector.