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Comey: Trump Morally Unfit to Be Prez; Russians Could Have Something on Trump

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Fired FBI Director James Comey, in a much-awaited interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday evening, said President Donald Trump is morally unfit to be president, and accused Trump of urging him to drop the investigation into National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Comey also said Trump might be compromised by the Russians.

“I think it’s possible. I don’t know,” Comey said of the Russians. “These are more words I never thought I’d utter about a president of the United States, but it’s possible.”

To read the transcript of the interview click here. 

Belows are snippets of the interview: Video 1: Comey Talks about Trump being unfit to be president. Video 2: He says he thinks the Russians may have something on Trump. Video 3:  He talks about Trump demanding loyalty. Video 4: Comey says firing Mueller would be an attack on the rule of law.



How Trump’s Threatening Tweet about Secret Recordings Hurt Him

President Trump, via White House

President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s tweet that suggestion he recorded conversations with then-FBI Director James Comey appeared to be a desperate act of intimidation.

Trump’s tweet more than a month ago prompted speculation that the president secretly recorded Comey.

“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” he tweeted.

Then on Thursday, Trump acknowledged he has no recordings of their conversations.

According to a timeline provided by Politifact, Comey’s decision to speak out about the conversations with Trump were inspired by the mention of recordings.

“I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night, because it didn’t dawn on me originally that there might be corroboration for our conversation. There might be a tape,” Comey said. “And my judgment was, I needed to get that out into the public square. And so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter … because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”

Then on June 8, Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee and said the existence of recordings would be a relief.

I’ve seen the tweet about tapes. Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” he said.

“I hope there are, and I’ll consent to the release of them.”

The next day, congressional investigators ordered the disclosure of any recordings of conversations between Trump and Comey.

Trump responded that he would discuss the existence of tapes “over a ver short period of time. You are going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer.”

A day before Trump was ordered to turn over the recordings, Trump denied having recordings.

“With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are “tapes” or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” he tweeted.

But the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff, D-Calif., isn’t satisfied.

“Did he seek to mislead the public?” Schiff said in a statement. “Was he trying to intimidate or silence James Comey? And if so, did he take other steps to discourage potential witnesses from speaking out?”

Comey’s October Surprise is Followed Up By His November Surprise

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey, who dropped an bomb in October with a letter to Congress about the Hillary Clinton emails,  dropped another bomb on Sunday, saying a review of the Anthony Weiner emails did not change the July conclusion that no charges would be filed against Clinton, CNN reports.

Comey had come under attack by both Republicans and Democrats for issuing the first letter 11 days before the presidential race. The news  on Sunday could help Clinton in the final days.

“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July,” Comey said in the letter to top Republicans on the House Oversight Committee.
To read more click here.

 

Ex-Justice Official: Comey’s Announcement ‘Raises Serious Questions About His Judgment’

Director James B. Comey

Director James B. Comey

 
Guest Columnist for the Washington Post

Matthew Miller was director of the Justice Department’s public affairs office from 2009 to 2011.

FBI Director James B. Comey’s stunning announcement that he has directed investigators to begin reviewing new evidence in the Clinton email investigation was yet another troubling violation of long-standing Justice Department rules or precedent, conduct that raises serious questions about his judgment and ability to serve as the nation’s chief investigative official.

Comey’s original sin came in July, when he held a high-profile news conference to announce his recommendation that the Justice Department bring no charges against Hillary Clinton. In doing so, Comey violated Justice rules about discussing ongoing cases and, as I argued at the time, made assertions that exceeded FBI authority, recklessly speculated about matters for which there was no evidence, and upended the consultative process that should exist between investigators and prosecutors.

Comey argued that his news conference was necessary in a case of intense public interest, but as his actions in the months since have shown, the precedent he set has led only to increasingly problematic outcomes.

To read the full column click here.

FBI Director Comey Tells Police How to Join Dialogue about Race

Director James B. Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey met privately with Connecticut police chiefs Tuesday and encouraged them to become a part of the dialogue about policing and race, the Associated Press reports.

Comey described the discussion as productive but declined to discuss specifics.

“As you would expect in the Nutmeg State, it was a thoughtful and rich conversation,” said Comey, who still considers Connecticut home after working in the past for Westport-based Bridgewater Associates.

It was Comey’s second visit to the New Haven field office since taking the helm nearly two years ago.

Comey said he is trying to make the FBI more diverse but the bureau has struggled to get  enough applicants.

“We’re in a good place in Connecticut,” Comey said. “It was mostly a positive discussion about how they perceive law enforcement relationships to have improved particularly under the leadership I now have and have had for two years here in Connecticut, and that’s a good thing.”

 

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