Capping a week in which Trump faced a slew of criticism for firing the man investigating his campaign’s possible ties to Russia, Trump warned James Comey there could be retribution if he speaks to the press about their private conversations. The firing drew a wave of criticism in large part because the FBI has been investigating whether election meddling by Russian Federation involved people in Trump’s presidential campaign, and Trump said in an interview with NBC that the investigation factored into his decision to fire Comey. She also was deputy special counsel to the Senate special committee that investigated President Bill Clinton’s Whitewater scandal. That could well include the firing of Comey. The lawmakers urged Trump to select a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director without any political background and said the president would need to hand over to Congress any taped conversations with Comey, if they exist. This version of events conforms to what Trump wrote in his letter dismissing Comey. Former President Barack Obama’s ethics czar Norm Eisen also tweeted concern.
July 5, 2016: He holds news conference to announce that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, over her email practices as secretary of state, but criticizes Clinton and her staff for being “extremely careless” in their handling of classified material. They can make recommendations, but the president will ultimately make the hiring decision.
A former top aide to Sen. The FBI has never had a female director. November 6, 2016: Comey tells Congress in a follow-up letter that a review of newly discovered Clinton emails has “not changed our conclusions” that she should not face criminal charges. “It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won”.
Noted legal scholar Laurence Tribe told AFP that if Comey did indeed answer Trump’s question, it would violate Department of Justice rules and “would be unthinkably unethical and unprofessional in this situation”.
Trump then went on to suggest scrapping the traditional White House briefings that have existed in some form since the Woodrow Wilson administration nearly a century ago.
Trump told Fox News he did not ask Comey to pledge loyalty and only wants him to be honest. The White House denies that account. “Nearly all of them are very well-known”, Trump said aboard the plane that took him to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University. The existence of the memo, which was seen by Comey associates, becomes public on May 16.
The committee, which is in the process of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, had hoped to hear from Comey in closed session. Asking such a question “would come close to bribery… or at least obstruction of justice, which Comey would’ve had to be an idiot to fall for by offering the assurance sought”, Tribe said.
May 2, 2017: Clinton again lays part of the blame for losing the election on Comey’s October 28 letter. I hadn’t had a chance to have the conversation directly with the president. “They still haven’t given us anybody; we can’t even reach anybody to ask”. “[Trump] simply stated a fact”.
Explaining his reasons for firing Comey, Trump told NBC that Comey was a “showboat” and “grand stander”. In the NBC interview on Thursday, Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations.
The briefing began with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster discussing the president’s upcoming trip to the Middle East and Europe, despite threats from President Trump earlier in the day threatening to cancel press briefings in the face of fallout from Comey’s dismissal. “I’ve talked to the president”, the press secretary said, “and the president has nothing further to add on that”.
House Oversight Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, has also called on Horowitz to look at the matter.
The letter follows calls this week from many Democrats for an independent Russian Federation investigation, which was joined Thursday by maverick Republican U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of the Grand Rapids area. His broad mandate could well include Trump’s firing of Comey.