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Comey: Trump sought to 'lift the cloud' of investigation

Comey: Trump sought to 'lift the cloud' of investigation

Fired FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that President Donald Trump urged him to drop a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, prompting fresh allegations that Trump tried to obstruct justice.

"I had understood the president to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with his false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December", added Comey, who was sacked by Trump in early May.

"In an abrupt shift, he turned the conversation to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, saying he hadn't brought up "the McCabe thing" because I had said McCabe was honorable, although (Terry) McAuliffe was close to the Clintons and had given him (I think he meant Deputy Director McCabe's wife) campaign money".

"Regardless, it was very concerning, given the FBI's role as an independent investigative agency", he added.

Also in the RNC's crosshairs - the Democrats - who, according to the GOP talking points "have been tripping over themselves on the issue of whether Comey deserved to be fired".

To frame the Comey testimony, consider the staggering comments this week of James Clapper, the director of national intelligence until early this year.

Another request from Trump was for the FBI to clarify that he was not under investigation himself, to which Comey voluntarily confirmed in the meetings but was reluctant to make public.

Comey's early release of his testimony gave Democrats a chance to hone their questions for Thursday, but also flushed out how Republicans will respond.

Yesterday, his prepared statement went public, blowing up the news cycle with a seven-page document that tells the story of Trump's pressure for loyalty from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "I hope you can let this go, '" Comey says, according to the prepared remarks. "He is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda", Kasowitz said in a statement. He is a good guy. The Washington Post reported that the president also approached Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency chief Mike Rogers about the Flynn probe. This came shortly after the Director of National Intelligence and other top intelligence officials refused to answer the committee's questions about Comey and the Russian Federation investigation.




"It's seven pages of very fine print and what it describes is a professional law enforcement person, who is Jim Comey, who comes up against a president who knows no limits in terms of a proper relationship", Feinstein said Tuesday of Comey's testimony.

"Trump would not leave him alone", Meyers said.

Sen. Chris Coons of DE says, "I think we have to be careful about making legal conclusions" and argues that lawmakers should not be "getting in the way" of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller (MUHL'-ur).

"Despite this sparseness", he wrote, "or maybe I should say because of it, it is the most shocking single document compiled about the official conduct of the public duties of any president since the release of the Watergate tapes".

The statement asserts that, on one occasion prior on March 30, President Trump reportedly explained to Comey that the FBI investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation loomed like "a cloud", and said that the issue was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country, according to WJLA.

Ryan Goodman, a professor at New York University School of Law, said Trump's efforts to protect Flynn provide "strong evidence" of obstruction of justice.

Mr. Comey said Mr. Trump told him during a one-on-one dinner on January 27, 2017 that he needed "loyalty".

That fact is only one tree in a Siberian forest that is filled with bad news for Trump.

Trump is widely expected to use his Twitter account, which lists 31.8 million followers, to counterpunch at Comey on Thursday - perhaps even in real time.


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