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Comey: President Trump Directed Me to Stop Investigating Flynn

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies about President Trump before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies about President Trump before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Direct0r James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee today that he believed Donald Trump was giving him a “direction” when the president told him that he “hoped you can let” the Flynn investigation go.

Comey was referring to a Feb. 14 meeting in which the president spoke privately and one-on-one with the FBI director in the Oval Office.

The meeting came one day before Flynn, who had lied to lawmakers and the vice president about contacts with a Russian ambassador, resigned under pressure.

According to Comey, who was fired by Trump last month, the president told him that he hoped he could “see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

Comey interpreted Trump’s statements “as a direction,” which is important for investigators who are trying to determine whether Trump obstructed justice.

Comey declined to say whether he believed the conversation amounted to obstruction of justice and wouldn’t disclose if he feels Trump colluded with Russia. 

Calm and confident, Comey revealed for the first time that the FBI was scrutinizing Trump’s actions, which were within “the scope” of the bureau’s investigation. But the fired FBI director emphasized that Trump was not specifically under investigation.

Comey also said he was certain that Russia meddled in the presidential election.

“They did it with purpose and sophistication,” Comey said, adding that the interference came “from the top of the government.”

Russia’s meddling, he said, continues to be a clear threat to American democracy.

“Nobody tells us what to think, what to fight, what to vote for, but other Americans,” Comey said. Russia “tried to shape the way6 we think, we vote and we act. This is a big deal. They are coming after America. They want to undermine our credibility.”

 

Top Intelligence Officials Refuse to Say Whether Trump Pressured Them on Russia Probe

US CapitolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two top U.S. intelligence officials raised eyebrows during a Senate hearing when they refused to say whether Trump ever asked them to interfere with the Russia investigation.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers both declined to answer the questions, saying it shouldn’t be discussed during a public session. They also said they’d have to consult with White House attorneys to determine whether executive privilege should be invoked, Bloomberg reports.

“To the best of my recollection, I have never been directed to do anything I believe to be illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate,” Rogers said, without answering whether he was asked.

Democrats were irate.

“I come out of this hearing with more questions than when I went in,” Mark Warner said.

10 Likely Questions James Comey Will Be Asked During Trump Senate Hearing

FBI Director James Comey appears Wednesday before the Senate.

FBI Director James Comey appears Wednesday before the Senate.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When fired FBI director James Comey sits down in front of the microphone today, he will be bombarded by questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee as the nation watches.

Here are some of likely questions:

1. Do you believe President Trump obstructed justice when he asked you to “let go” of the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn?

2. Do you believe your termination hampered any ongoing investigations into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign team and Russia?

3. Did you feel threatened when Trump appeared to suggest he would release recordings of you if you talked about your meeting with him?

4. Do you believe the Russian investigation played a role in Trump firing you?

5. Has anyone else in the Trump administration suggested you should end any Russia investigation?

6. Did Trump ever pressure you to drop investigations that were not involving Russia?

7. Did any other members of Trump’s administration try to influence your Russia investigation.

8. You had an awkward handshake with Trump in January. Do you believe he was sincerely trying to compromise?

9. Since Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel, have you met with him or discussed this hearing?

10. Would you support Christopher Wray, Trump’s nominee for the top FBI spot?