Associates of ousted FBI director James Comey said that whenever he senses wrongdoing, he leaves a protective paper trail — and we are apparently seeing evidence of such a trail. Trump recently fired Comey after the former FBI head requested additional resources for the probe into The Donald’s collusion with Russia, and it’s now coming back to bite him in his big orange ass. CNN reports that a source close to Comey has made the contents of one of his memos public — and it’s not good for Complicit’s Daddy.
According to the unnamed source, Trump asked Comey to let former national security advisor Michael Flynn completely off the hook. The request was so off-base that Comey felt it necessary to document it. “I hope you can let this go,” Comey writes in the memo, quoting Trump. Documenting something so morally questionable is commonplace where Comey is concerned. The New York Times first reported on the existence of this damning memo:
The existence of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.
Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. The memo was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation. An F.B.I. agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.
Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey that Mr. Flynn had done nothing wrong, according to the memo.
Mr. Comey did not say anything to Mr. Trump about curtailing the investigation, only replying: “I agree he is a good guy.”
Naturally, the White House — the same White House that contradicted the President* on his admission that he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation among other things — denies that this conversation ever happened. Because if it did, that’d be very bad for Trump, who is currently trying to avoid impeachment.
“While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” the White House said in a statement. “The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”
According to sources, Comey created memos — some classified, some not — about every single interaction he had with Trump, who demanded multiple times that the former FBI director swear loyalty to him above his country. Comey refused.
On Friday, Trump attempted to threaten Comey with the release of subpoenable “tapes” of their conversations.
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
According to Comey’s associates, he hopes that Trump did make tapes.
Just after firing Comey, Trump met with representatives of Vladimir Putin and handed them highly classified information provided by one of our allies who will from this point on be reluctant to work with us to combat terrorism.
Trump is scared — and with the existence of the Comey memos proven, he has even more of a reason to feel that way.
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