Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

DOJ hands over Comey's Trump memos to Congress

DOJ hands over Comey's Trump memos to Congress

In his memos documenting conversations with President Donald Trump, former FBI Director James Comey recounts Trump's "serious reservations" about then-national security adviser Michael Flynn as well as the President's concerns about media leaks and Trump's recollection of Russian President Vladimir Putin telling him that Russia had the "most lovely hookers in the world".

Earlier this week, House Judiciary chair Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), Oversight chair Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) and Intelligence chair Devin Nunes (R-California) told the Justice Department there was "no legal basis for withholding these materials from Congress".

In the report, the inspector general said McCabe "lacked candor" when discussing a disclosure to The Wall Street Journal on the investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

House Republicans had previously threatened to subpoena the Department of Justice to obtain the memos.

The referral from the inspector general to the DC US attorney's office is thought to be far more serious, as inspector general investigators are nonpartisan lawyers and agents who probe wrongdoing for a living.

"James Comey just threw Andrew McCabe 'under the bus.' Inspector General's Report on McCabe is a disaster for both of them!"

Much of the memo's contents were included in a book by Mr Comey titled A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership and published this week in which he compares the Republican President to a mob boss who stresses personal loyalty over the law and has little regard for morality or truth.

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The 15 pages of Comey memos contain new details about interactions he had with Trump in the weeks before his May 2017 firing.

"The Department has consulted the relevant parties and concluded that the release of the memoranda to Congress at this time would not adversely impact any ongoing investigation or other confidentiality interests of the Executive Branch", Boyd wrote in a letter to three committee heads.

Those encounters include a Trump Tower discussion involving allegations of prostitutes and Russian Federation; a White House dinner at which Comey says Trump asked him for his loyalty; and a private Oval Office discussion where the ex-FBI head says the president asked him to end an investigation into Flynn.

"He chose not to memorialize conversations" with former President Barack Obama and other administration Democrats, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as his No. 2, Andrew McCabe, who was sacked last month over a news leak about the FBI's Clinton email probe.

"Comey is like a bad rash", Levin said.

Trump's remarks, unsurprisingly, came in the form of a tweet shortly after Comey appeared on CNN with Jake Tapper.

"It's a striking thing when someone constantly brings up something to deny that you didn't ask about it", he said, adding later, "I've always been struck in my encounters with him that he wouldn't criticize Vladimir Putin even in private, which struck me as odd". Among the people they're targeting are former FBI Director James Comey, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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