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

Justice Department watchdog sends sends criminal referral on McCabe

Justice Department watchdog sends sends criminal referral on McCabe

With McCabe now under a cloud, the notes taken by other aides, including Federal Bureau of Investigation general counsel Jim Baker and Jim Rybicki, Comey's chief of staff, may assume greater importance. Trump even shared with him that he had "serious reservations" about his former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

In the wake of the firing and Trump's tweet alleging there were "tapes" of their conversations, Comey said he had a friend disclose details of his interactions with Trump in order to prompt a special counsel.

The memos also showed that eight days after he was sworn in as president, Trump told Comey during a one-on-one dinner at the White House that he "needed loyalty and expected loyalty". Others, like former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, have denounced Comey for leaking memos about his discussions with Trump.

Comey's firing by Trump a year ago led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Russians and the Trump campaign.

The inspector general's decision is all but certain to provide President Trump with more ammunition to attack Mr. McCabe, whom he has repeatedly lambasted as a deep-state bureaucrat working in concert with the former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to undermine Mr. Trump's legitimacy.

President Donald Trump says Russian President Vladimir Putin told him, "We have some of the most lovely hookers in the world".

In one memo, Comey recounts a February 8, 2017, meeting with then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, about two weeks after acting Attorney General Sally Yates had warned the White House that Michael Flynn, then Trump's national security adviser, had lied about his December 2016 conversation with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Former FBI Director James Comey poses as he arrives to speak about his new book "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership" at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in New York City on April 18. FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, whose anti-Trump text messages became public past year, were also included in the referral.

Justice Department Turns Over 15 Pages Of Comey Memos To Congress
In that memo, he wrote that Trump asked him to curtail the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn . When he fired Comey, Trump cited the recommendation of Rosenstein, who along with Sessions had advised Comey's termination.

The memos were provided to Congress earlier Thursday as House Republicans escalated criticism of the Justice Department, threatening to subpoena the documents and questioning officials.

Lawmakers will be permitted to review unredacted copies Friday in a classified setting on Capitol Hill. Yet the most interesting, consequential part of his book and publicity blitz is what Comey has not said: anything new about just who might be criminally culpable in the 2016 presidential election mess.

"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 said. And the details parallel what Comey told lawmakers in his testimony, what he wrote in his book and what he said in interviews lately.

Mr Boyd wrote that the department had also provided the memos to several Senate committees.

A group of Republican representatives, including House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Trey Gowdy, and House Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes, had requested the Comey memos be released.

"And so, as you go further from another source other than Peter Strzok and Lisa Page within the Department of Justice, we now know that the edits - that they had given edits to Director Comey, or at least the emails would suggest that", Meadows said.

Fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is quite confident the DOJ Inspector General's referral Thursday to the U.S. Attorney for his criminal prosecution is going nowhere.

Comey said that Trump appears to lack external reference points in his life, such as religion or history, necessary to be an ethical leader.

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