November 19 2017

Trump rages against ex-FBI chief James Comey, calls him a 'leaker'

November 19 2017, 01:01 | Jodi Jackson

Comey accused the administration of spreading "lies" and bluntly asserted that President Donald Trump had fired him to interfere with an investigation of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.

"Absolutely, the president has confidence in all of his cabinet and if he didn't, they wouldn't be here", Sanders said on Thursday.

I don't see how Trump could have handled Comey's dismissal worse - no warning, conflicting explanations, talking him down in a meeting with Russian diplomats, savaging his reputation.

Trump could face even more problems over the coming months if the stream of details leaking out about the Russian Federation investigation continues to grab the spotlight at a time when the White House wants to focus on priorities such as rolling back the Obamacare healthcare law and overhauling the tax code.

Companies that do business with the USA government might find it risky to bring aboard someone who's so publicly at odds with the current administration.

It's unclear if that means that the memos will be turned over to Congress on Monday, and the source would not provide any more details.

"I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russian Federation - from a position of strength only - is possible, absolutely possible", Trump said.

Trump's critics have been raising the specter of obstruction of justice since he fired the FBI director, Comey, last month, and then admitted on television that when he made that decision, he had been thinking about the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination by Trump campaign associates. Rosenstein's selection won applause from Congress and Justice Department veterans, who said Mueller would do the job without fear or favor.

Comey testified that Trump told him on January 26 he expected loyalty from the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the next month urged him to drop the Flynn probe.

Mr Comey testified under oath.

However, it still remains unclear what exactly Trump was referring to as Comey accused him of many things during his hearing. "It really comes down to his testimony, in some avenues". The pretense was Comey's mishandling of the high-profile investigation of Hillary Clinton. First, the IG's office isn't equipped to launch investigations into private citizens. In a comment that created quite a stir, Comey said that a New York Times story on February 14 entitled "Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence" was "not true".

And companies that do business with the government might find it risky to bring aboard someone who's so publicly at odds with the current administration.

That law stated that lawmakers had made a one-time exception and made it clear that Mueller "may not serve as Director after September 4, 2013".

Educated at William & Mary University, where he wrote a senior thesis on a 20th century theologian, Comey went on to law school at the University of Chicago. "Stop funding (terrorism). Stop teaching hate". Last month, he created a voter fraud commission to investigate "millions of people who voted illegally", despite there being no proof of such fraudulent voting. Comey kicked the request upstairs to an acting deputy attorney general.

Friends and colleagues say the father of five revelled in his public service. "Kasowitz, who is a fine lawyer, answered it - and I know from personal experience that he has the president's trust".

Facing a Senate committee Thursday, Comey portrayed Trump as dismissive of the FBI's independence.

It would be unwise and inappropriate, but no one would say the president committed a crime. "If you substitute sex for loyalty in all these exchanges it's like a guy who does not understand consent & won't stop until he gets his way", she wrote. "But you will be rich beyond belief if you look at it from [the public service] vantage point", he has said. Comey didn't say the president was "misleading" or "misrepresenting" the facts. Asked if he saw it as an "order", Comey replied "yes".

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