Trump administration 'defamed' Comey, lied about Federal Bureau of Investigation

Trump administration 'defamed' Comey, lied about Federal Bureau of Investigation

Trump administration 'defamed' Comey, lied about Federal Bureau of Investigation

Fired FBI Director James Comey's much-hyped testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee was the rare Washington hearing that actually lived up to its billing.

Trump issued his warning online on May 12, three days after Comey was sacked and four days before the newspaper reported on the information in the memo, which was recounted by Comey associates.

Former FBI director James Comey rocked Washington Thursday in testimony before Congress on alleged efforts by President Donald Trump to influence the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct", he told Sen.

"Neither the F.B.I., nor Mr. Comey would comment or elaborate on what Mr. Comey believes to be incorrect", it continues.

Mr Trump initially said Mr Comey had lost the faith of his workforce, but later suggested that his dismissal was related to the Russian Federation investigation.

"I was kind of curious to see what kind of people would come to the bar at 6 in the morning", said Thompson, sitting on a barstool and drinking a mimosa. She is no Frank Luntz, but Lynch instructed Comey to call the investigation into Clinton a "matter", not an investigation.

"I was sacked in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russian Federation investigation was being conducted", Comey testified under oath. Comey said there was more he could say about Sessions that he could not discuss in an open hearing.

I am Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal lawyer.

Particularly one during which Comey claimed Mr. Trump asked him to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The February meeting was one of several one-on-one encounters that Comey said made him feel such intense discomfort that he felt compelled to document them in memos.

Trump abruptly fired Comey last month. Pressed on the issue, he insisted he wasn't "hinting anything", before adding: "Oh you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry".

To build a criminal obstruction of justice case, federal law requires prosecutors to show that a person acted with "corrupt" intent.

Standing with Iohannis, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner, Trump at last confirmed his commitment to the alliance's mutual defense pact, Article 5, uttering words he deliberately did not say when he spoke at NATO's gathering in Belgium last month.

Shortly after Comey was sacked, the Department of Justice appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as a special counsel to oversee the investigation, a decision that has reportedly left Trump fuming.

Some Republicans tried to head off allegations of obstruction of justice by pressing Comey on Trump's use of the word "hope", as opposed to a more direct order. Comey said that was up to special counsel Robert Mueller to decide. "I hope you can let this go", according to Comey's testimony.

"The express discussion of loyalty is disconcerting", and could heighten speculation that the "president was trying to exert some pressure or at least exert some influence over the Russian Federation investigation", Prof Gerhardt said.

Mr Comey didn't, he said, have the "presence of mind" or the courage to tell the President his request was inappropriate. CNN corrected the story, which was based on an anonymous source.

Comey is not alone in "leaking" information to the press.

He had a friend pass the memo to the Times in the hopes it would trigger the appointment of a special counsel.

Disseminating unclassified information is generally not considered leaking and the President did not assert executive privilege over Comey's testimony. Comey claimed during his testimony that the material was not classified.

He said he asked a close friend, a Columbia Law School professor, to share the memo's content with a reporter.

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