White House looks for ways to undermine Comey's credibility

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 8, 2017

When the senator asked McCabe whether Comey told him the president had asked for his loyalty, McCabe did not deny it; he simply refused to answer.

While the intended focus of Wednesday's hearing is the foreign intelligence surveillance law, other senators have said they plan to question Coats, Rogers, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about whether the president meant to derail the Russian Federation investigation when he fired Comey.

The White House had originally claimed Trump fired Comey in May on the recommendation of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but Trump later said in he always meant to fire Comey.

The White House has changed its public rationale for firing Comey, first blaming his mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email probe and pointing to recommendations from leaders at the Justice Department.

Comey may also detail other conversations with Trump.

Observers will be closely watching to see whether the president, whose social media habits have been criticized even by his political allies, decides to respond via Twitter as Comey testifies. "Why would it not be appropriate for you to share that conversation with us?"

But the day after his sacking, Mr Trump reportedly told Russia's foreign minister and ambassador Mr Comey was a "nut job" and that firing him had relieved "great pressure" on him.

The ad reflects a strategy by President Donald Trump and his advocates to question Comey's credibility.

She added that Comey had to correct his testimony about the Clinton email probe just days before he was sacked, causing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to "scurry" and send a letter to Congress to fix it. Comey misstated facts about some emails the Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered on a computer belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton's close aide Huma Abedin.

Comey's testimony will be his first public remarks since Trump abruptly fired him on May 9.

Coats pulled that card last month at a separate hearing. But it is not clear what, if anything, Comey told the president about whether he was being investigated.

Any confirmation that Trump tried to press Comey would open the president to damaging allegations that he attempted to obstruct an ongoing FBI investigation - which several Democrats have warned would propel the crisis into Watergate-like territory.

During Wednesday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, a telling exchange between Sen.

When the Justice Department transferred the Russian Federation investigation to Mueller, it gave him the authority to investigate whether the president broke any laws by attempting to obstruct the case or by firing Comey.

But Comey also confirmed in his statement that he told Trump he was not under investigation, as Trump asserted in his letter to Comey explaining his firing.

Despite the mounting legal questions now shadowing the White House, Trump has needled Comey publicly.

It was in that conversation that Trump asked Comey to end the investigation into Flynn, and encouraged him to investigate leaks, the people said. Comey said he told Trump "you will always get honesty from me". "I hope you can let this go".

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