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Things to Know About the Comey Memos

Things to Know About the Comey Memos

With this latest move and the Comey book media blitz, the public pretty much has the full breadth of the former director's side of the story - and, quite clearly, what he now thinks of the president's behaviour.

Days after laying out that thin pretext, Trump contradicted himself, saying on national TV that when he made a decision to send Comey walking, he was thinking about "this Russian Federation thing".

The release of Comey's books brought a cascade of angry tweets.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday to complain that the life of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has been "totally destroyed" and to bemoan that fired FBI Director James Comey was making money off what Trump termed a "third rate book". "I do think [Comey's] facing exposure because some of that stuff very well may have been classified".

President Donald Trump, for a change, sees a reason to celebrate something written by former FBI Director James Comey.

Comey made the surprising admission during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2017 that he had leaked his memos, most of which were marked secret, to a friend with the stated objective of having them reach the press.

"Flynn said the return call was scheduled for Saturday, which prompted a heated reply from the President that six days was not an appropriate period of time to return a call from the [redacted] of a country like [redacted]", Comey wrote of Trump's account of conversation. The newspaper reports that Comey himself redacted portions of one memo before sharing it and that a second memo was later determined by Federal Bureau of Investigation officials to be classified "confidential", the lowest level of classification.

Late Thursday night, Mr. Trump tweeted that the memos prove "there was no collusion and no obstruction", adding Comey "leaked classified information".

The allegations claim that Russian Federation has damaging information about Mr Trump's business interests, and that he had been filmed with prostitutes at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Moscow during the Miss Universe pageant in 2013.

Comey said Trump pointed to his head when describing Flynn, and said, "The guy has serious judgment issues".

"This isn't [redacted] we are talking about", Trump said, according to Comey.

President Donald Trump suggested on Friday night that the Russian Federation investigation being conducted by the special counsel Robert Mueller is illegitimate. Now, Andy McCabe's lawyer says he's disappointed and upset over these comments.

Mr Comey is now on a book tour. Lindsey Graham and Thom Tillis and Democrats Chris Coons and Cory Booker - says that Mueller or any future special counsel can only be fired "for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or other good cause".

When his questioner, CHF Artistic Director Alison Cuddy, asked him whether "the tape is out there", a reference both to "The X-Files" and to the alleged video of Trump in compromising behavior in a Moscow hotel, Comey answered that he did not know. "This book is created to trick you into reading a leadership book", he said, noting that just three of 14 chapters are about the current president.

The following revealing note written on February 13 - just five days later - by an unidentified senior DOJ official addressed to FBI agent Peter Strzok, FBI criminal division official Jonathan Moffa, the FBI Office of General Counsel and members of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia was also discovered.


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