Trump wishes Comey luck, allies aim at lawman's credibility
- Author: Sidney Guerrero Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 10:50
The president asserted that Mr Comey told him three times that he was not personally under investigation, while the former director's associates allege Mr Trump asked Mr Comey if he could back off an investigation into Michael Flynn, who was sacked as national security adviser because he misled the White House about his ties to Russian Federation.
"I wish him luck", Trump told reporters as he met with Republican congressional leaders.
Comey will testify Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee and is expected to be grilled about his interactions with Trump ahead of his own firing. Comey's most recent appearances before Congress delivered political bombshells including public confirmation that the Russian Federation probe extended to whether anyone close to Trump colluded with Moscow, as well as the FBI chief's defense of his decisions in the Clinton email investigation.
It has been reported that Comey plans to talk about conversations in which Trump pressured him to drop his investigation into former national security advisor Mike Flynn, who was sacked for failing to disclose conversations with Russian officials.
"He is not going to Congress to make accusations about the President's intent, instead he's there to share his concerns", the source said, and tell the committee "what made him uneasy" and why he felt a need to write the memo documenting the conversation.
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The Senate Intelligence Committee is now the most public of the inquiries into the alleged Moscow meddling, with the House Intelligence Committee, FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller also looking into it.
Trump has repeatedly denied any coordination took place between his campaign and the Russian government, which, according to USA intelligence agencies, stole emails embarrassing to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and leaked them to undermine her campaign. He'll also probably discuss the president's claim that Comey assured him on three occasions that he wasn't the subject of any investigation.
Trump fired Comey on May 9, a step that stunned Washington and intensified scrutiny of the matter. Justice spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment on Tuesday. When Bratton made the cover of Time Magazine, it was the last straw, and he was gone within the year.
Some officials said they viewed the prospective appointment of Feinberg as an effort by the White House to put pressure on intelligence agencies to close ranks with the White House. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the president plans to attend an infrastructure summit in the morning, then address the Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference at 12:30 p.m. Trump joked during the gathering that his aide "has become much more famous than me". Victor was scheduled to appear before a federal judge Thursday for a detention hearing. Hale said in a statement: "Director Coats does not discuss his private conversations with the President". Do you believe President Trump was trying to obstruct justice?