Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Comey Memos Released to Congress, Promptly Leaked Online

The case of former Deputy FBI Director Andrew Mc Cabe has been referred to prosecutors but it isn't clear yet whether they will charge him with a crime Trump signs off on sending Comey memos to Congress
Kenny Thornton | 20 April, 2018, 11:41

The details were disclosed today as the Justice Department released redacted versions of memos - some of which contained previously classified material - that Comey composed in the immediate aftermath of his interactions with Trump, a step he says he took because he was troubled by their conversations and anxious that the president might one day lie about them.

Justice officials had allowed some lawmakers to view the memos but had never provided copies to Congress.

Redacted copies of the documents were obtained by NPR. He then blamed Flynn for a delay in returning the congratulatory call of an worldwide leader.

The delivery of the memos was in response to an April 13 request by the GOP chairmen of the House Judiciary, Intelligence, and Oversight and Government Reform committees for access to them. The leader and the country are not identified in the redacted version of the document.

Trump said Mike Flynn had 'serious judgment issues.'

The following day, according to a separate memo, Comey says Trump cleared the Oval Office of other officials, encouraged him to let go of the investigation into Flynn and called him a good guy.

The recovered memos also revealed that the after Trump was sworn-in as the president of the United States, he told Comey during a one-on-one dinner that he "needed loyalty and expected loyalty". He judges the administration's travel ban to be legally valid, and he takes a swipe at former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, calling her predecessor, Eric Holder, "smarter and more sophisticated and smoother". If Jim Comey were my witness, I don't think I'd have a snowball's chance in hell of convincing anybody that he's reliable.

Conservative commentators, such as Fox News host Tucker Carlson, have attacked Comey as partisan and indecisive in his handling of the email scandal that dogged Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

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Comey said in a CNN interview Thursday he was "fine" with his memos being released to the public. In one memo, Mr. Comey said Mr. Trump had questioned Mr. Flynn's judgment.

In a meeting several days later, then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked Comey, "Do you have a FISA order on Michael Flynn?" according to Comey's memo.

Mostly, though, the accounts are about Trump, drafted soon after Comey had concluded each meeting or conversation with him.

However, the former NY mayor's apparent plan to leverage his history with Mueller to speed the end of the investigation seems highly optimistic, given the special counsel's by-the-book style. He was obsessed with press leaks about the goings-on in the White House and his phone calls with foreign leaders. Indeed, one of the most startling, and perhaps telling, omissions in Comey's memoir is any real discussion of the Steele dossier, considering its controversial place in the Russian Federation investigation and how it damaged Comey's relationship with Trump.

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

The memos show Comey was blind to biases within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and had awful judgment with respect to his deputy Andrew McCabe.

And McCabe, a spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday, is aware that he could be facing criminal charges after the Justice Department referred his case to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. The inspector general's office says McCabe improperly directed an aide to leak information to The Wall Street Journal and then "lacked candor" about it to investigators.

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