Pres. Trump Sounds Off on James Comey's Recently Released Memos

Pres. Trump Sounds Off on James Comey's Recently Released Memos

Former FBI Director James Comey was being investigated by the government's Office of Special Counsel for potential Hatch Act violations at the time he was sacked, according to new documents released Friday as part of a Freedom of Information Act case.

"He told you he'd had a personal conversation with President Putin about hookers?"

"WOW! Will the Witch Hunt continue?" he asked. Whenever he had a conversation with President-Elect or President Trump, he immediately dictated a self-serving memo of the conversation.

I wrote last June about false testimony that Comey gave before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"The president said the "hookers thing" is nonsense but that Putin had told him "We have some of the most handsome hookers in the world".

A year ago, he was sacked, for what Trump at first claimed were reasons dating back to the FBI director's handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's email in 2016. Some of the memos were later deemed to contain classified information.

The memos show that Comey knew Trump was innocent of collusion "from the very beginning", but he hid that from Congress and the American people, diGenova suggested. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said there are several dozen leak investigations open, though that aggressiveness is similar to that of the Obama Justice Department, which was frequently criticized by media organizations and free press advocates. Comey, after all, will be a witness in any legal proceeding against Trump for possible obstruction of justice.

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Freeland also noted that Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono had had dinner with the female envoys the night before. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has not yet been confirmed, so the U.S. was represented by a deputy, John Sullivan.

In the memo the identity of the first leader to call Mr Trump was blacked out as classified, but officials have now confirmed that it was Mr Putin.

Trump mischaracterized the memos, which, in fact, present no conclusions about whether he obstructed justice or headed a political campaign that coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 election. They were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"I haven't read it, but the excerpts that I've seen, it struck me - this isn't what I would have expected for a Federal Bureau of Investigation director", he said.

Flynn was forced to resign less than a month into his tenure as national security adviser when it emerged that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Sergei Kislyak, then Russia's ambassador to the United States, during the transition period.

However, Mueller's team, which is probing Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, is prosecuting former national security adviser Flynn after he pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI as part of a criminal investigation - not an inspector general investigation.

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

Comey went on to say that Trump had a "corrosive" and "staining" effect on his employees, and the nation as a whole.

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