Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

RNC says Trump knew firing Comey was risky

RNC says Trump knew firing Comey was risky

Comey became so uncomfortable with Trump's remarks, he writes, that "creating written records immediately after one-on-one conversations with Mr. Trump was my practice" following his first meeting with the president-elect, a January 6 intelligence briefing at Trump Tower in NY.

On May 12, Trump threatened Comey to watch what he tells the public.

A spokesman says the interview was canceled because Pence was running late. "Let's make this a normal situation: suppose you had a CEO and something happened in the CEO's office and the head of the HR department started investigating what's going on in the CEO's office and the CEO brought that hr director in and said stop it". But their counterparts on the House Russia investigation clearly thought the testimony could prove obstruction of justice by Trump.

But there are plenty of other damning allegations Comey will testify about that senators will surely press him on, including his awkward solo dinner with Trump where the president pressed him for loyalty and his lone Oval Office conversation with the president the day after Flynn was sacked. During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on President-elect Trump's reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the question, I offered that assurance.

It's a different narrative than the one the White House shopped around in the wake of Comey's firing.

Trump walked across the South Lawn and made a beeline for a group of tourists who cheered as he exited the helicopter. The president sees him as another part of the team.

CNN's Van Jones schooled former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) on Wednesday evening's "Erin Burnett Out Front" for claiming that the only reason President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey was due to the bungled investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her emails. The president has even threatened to live-tweet the proceedings, White House staffers have told reporters.

"I replied only that 'he is a good guy.'" Comey wrote, then added: "I did not say I would 'let this go'".

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"My hope will be that Admiral Rogers and Director Coats won't try to hide behind executive privilege. about the press reports about the president asking them to downplay the Russian Federation investigation", Warner said.

Trump's personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz highlighted Comey's statements in the testimony that he had told Trump twice and congressional leaders once that the President was not a target of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

This was in a phone call on March 30 - according to written testimony Comey submitted ahead of an appearance Thursday before the Senate Intelligence committee.

Grassley said it could take "a couple weeks" to receive all of Wray's nomination paperwork before the committee begins considering his nomination. This concerns me greatly given the FBI's independent status.' He then continues to say a few moments later the president said he 'need loyalty.

The facts and circumstances described in Comey's planned testimony are eyebrow-raising, and two details in particular struck some legal experts as particularly problematic. Some may attempt to divert attention from Comey's remarks about Trump by focusing on two issues they've repeatedly seized on: leaks and revealing the names of Americans in intelligence reports.

According to his prepared testimony, Comey kept detailed records of his conversations with Trump, and in one memo recalled the president saying, of the investigation into Flynn: "He is a good guy". And the investigation continued. "I expect loyalty" during a January dinner.

From left, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, testify before the committee Wednesday. Citing the "open setting" of the televised hearing, Comey declined to answer. During the meal, he says Trump asked him if he wanted to remain on as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "On Flynn, it devolves into a fight over what Trump intended and what Comey understood him to intend".

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