LIAR. LIAR. Former FBI Director Comey Calls President Trump on His Lies
Former FBI Director James Comey said President Donald Trump demanded his loyalty and asked him to end the FBI investigation into the activities of former security adviser Michael Flynn.
Those were just a few bombshells contained in the opening statement he is expected to deliver before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.
The statement was released earlier today by Mr. Comey.
The blockbuster statement which included damning quotes contained stunningly detailed account of how far the president was willing to go to protect his friends and allies in the U.S. And Russia.
Intelligence experts say the statement by Comey bolsters the contention by Democrats and Liberals that President Donald Trump obstructed justice by leaning on Comey to drop the case against Michael Flynn and when he declined to play ball, was fired by the president.
“It is just stunning how far the president was willing to go to protect his friends including breaking the law. This is far worse that Watergate. The president sought to influence an ongoing investigation and that is against the law,” one intelligence office told us moments after reading Comey’s statement.
Comey confirmed an earlier news report that the president told him “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
The former FBI director said he responded that Flynn “is a good guy. I did not say I would ‘let this go.’”
He admitted that he found the conversations with the president concerning.
“Regardless, it was very concerning, given the FBI’s role as an independent investigative agency,” Comey’s statement said, adding that he thought the president was only referring to the Michael Flynn investigation, and not the broader Russia probe.
That particular statement is counter to an earlier statement by President Trump. At a press conference last month, Trump said he did not ask Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.
“No, No, next question,” Trump said when asked by the media if he attempted to have the FBI drop the investigation.
Comey revealed that because of how uncomfortable his meetings with Trump made him, he decided to start documenting the encounters immediately after.
“This had not been my practice in the past. I spoke alone with President Obama twice in person (and never on the phone) — once in 2015 to discuss law enforcement policy issues and a second time, briefly, for him to say goodbye in late 2016. In neither of those circumstances did I memorialize the discussions. I can recall nine one-on-one conversations with President Trump in four months — three in person and six on the phone.”
Comey recalled that during a one-on-one dinner in the Green Room at the White House with the president on January 27, the president wanted to know if he wanted to stay on as FBI Director.
“The President began by asking me whether I wanted to stay on as FBI Director, which I found strange because he had already told me twice in earlier conversations that he hoped I would stay, and I had assured him that I intended to. He said that lots of people wanted my job and, given the abuse I had taken during the previous year, he would understand if I wanted to walk away.”
“My instincts told me that the one-on-one setting, and the pretense that this was our first discussion about my position, meant the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship. That concerned me greatly, given the FBI’s traditionally independent status in the executive branch.”
Comey said the president also demanded loyalty from the FBI director.
”…the President said, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.” I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. We simply looked at each other in silence.”
The former FBI director also recalled an Oval office meeting he had with President Trump where the president said again, that Michael Flynn was a good man who hadn’t done anything wrong with his calls with the Russians.
‘”The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, “He is a good guy and has been through a lot.” He repeated that Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President.”’
Comey added the president then said, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” I replied only that “he is a good guy.”
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