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FBI Contradicts Trump’s Claims about Photos of Him Kissing, Hugging Comey And Mueller

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump claims that he could provide 100 images of him “hugging and kissing” special counsel Robert Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey.

But the FBI was unable to locate a single photo as described by Trump.

BuzzFeed News reporter Jason Leopold filed a Freedom of Information Act request for photos of Trump and Comey “hugging and kissing each other.” The bureau responded that no such photos existed within the FBI.

On Tuesday, Comey joked that his wife was “so relieved” to learn that the photos don’t exist.

 

James Comey: ‘The FBI is Back in The Middle of It’

The author is the former director of the FBI.

Former FBI Director James Comey on A?BC’s 20/20. (File photo) 

By James Comey
New York Times Op-Ed

The F.B.I. is back in the middle of it. When we were handed the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2015, the bureau’s deputy director said to me, “You know you are totally screwed, right?” He meant that, in a viciously polarized political environment, one side was sure to be furious with the outcome. Sure enough, I saw a tweet declaring me “a political hack,” although the author added, tongue in cheek: “I just can’t figure out which side.”

And those were the good old days. President Trump’s decision to order a one-week investigation into sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, comes in a time of almost indescribable pain and anger, lies and attacks.

We live in a world where the president routinely attacks the F.B.I. because he fears its work. He calls for his enemies to be prosecuted and his friends freed. We also live in a world where a sitting federal judge channels the president by shouting attacks at the Senate committee considering his nomination and demanding to know if a respected senator has ever passed out from drinking. We live in a world where the president is an accused serial abuser of women, who was caught on tape bragging about his ability to assault women and now likens the accusations against his nominee to the many “false” accusations against him.

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Ex-FBI Chief Comey: Russia Probe Appears to Be Closing in on Trump

Former FBI Director James Comey.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation appears to be closing in on President Trump as the probe may be nearing its end, former FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday.

In an interview with St. Louis Public Radio, Comey speculated that the cooperation and plea deal with Trump’s former campaign boss, Paul Manafort, are a good indication that the president is in Mueller’s crosshairs.

“I think there’s an argument to be made that the conviction — the plea and cooperation by Paul Manafort — may represent that we’re in the fourth quarter,” Comey said. “The way you normally do investigations is you work from the bottom up, and so they’re getting pretty high.”
At this point, it’s just speculation based on how investigation typically work, Comey added.

CBS Close to Deal to Adapt Former FBI Director Comey’s Book into Miniseries

Former FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director James Comey’s memoir may soon be the basis for a miniseries.

Deadline Hollywood reports that CBS is close to inking a deal for a miniseries based on the best-selling book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. 

CBS won an auction for rights to pitch the project, and Comey has been involved in discussions over the proposed miniseries.

Billy Ray, an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter for the 2013 film “Captain Phillips,” is expected to write the adaptation.

FBI Director Seeks to Bring ‘Normalcy’ to Bureau in Midst of ‘Turbulent Times’

FBI Director Christopher Wray in Atlanta. Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

When President Trump offered Christopher Wray the top position in the FBI, the former assistant attorney general knew his job would not be easy.

After all, his boss – Trump – was trying to convince the public that the top law enforcement agencies were out to get him and could not be trusted. The FBI, the president insisted repeatedly and loudly, was part of a political “witch hunt”intent on running him out of office.

This month, Wray entered his second year as the director of the FBI, replacing James Comey after the president fired him in May 2017, prompting the assistant attorney general to appoint a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election.

As Trump continues to try to discredit the FBI, Wray said Thursday that he is trying to usher in “normalcy” in the midst of “turbulent times.”

“My big point of emphasis has been that even though we live in tumultuous times, turbulent times, I’m trying to bring calm, stability — dare I say it — normalcy, in an environment where I think there’s an appetite for that,” Wray said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal Thursday.

The drama continued this week with the firing of special agent Peter Strzok for sending anti-Trump text messages during the presidential election.

On a weekly basis, Trump derides the FBI, Justice Department and special counsel Robert Mueller on Twitter – his preferred means of spewing out criticism.

“Social media commentary has its place, but that’s not what drives our work,” he said.

Wray described his relationship with the president as “professional.”

Still, Wray defended Rod Rosenstein, the assistant attorney general who has caught much of the criticism for hiring Mueller.

Wray declined to address the Republicans who are beating the drum for Trump.

“I’m not going to be weighing in, commenting on other’s opinions,” he said.

Wray said he won’t let outside criticism hinder his focus on the FBI and its mission.

“I’m a big believer in the idea that actions speak louder than words, and so what I look at is what do I see in terms of people’s commitment to the mission, success in the mission, desire to work here,” he said. “Our focus is our oath, our mission, the rule of law.”

Giuliani Backtracks, Says Trump Never Discussed Flynn with Ex-FBI Director Comey

Rudy Giuliani on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

One of the key obstruction of justice allegations against President Trump is that he urged then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into one-time National Security Director Michael Flynn.

The president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani is now saying that Trump will deny he ever encouraged Comey to fire Flynn, contradicting past statements he made to the media.

“There was no conversation about Michael Flynn,” Trump’s personal attorney said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “That is what he will testify to if he’s asked that question.”

Giuliani denied that he told ABC’s “This Week” last month that Trump had asked Comey to give Flynn “a break.”

Giuliana backtracked, maintaining that he “said that is what Comey is saying.”

Confused yet? 

In the ABC interview in early July, Giuliani denied that Trump asked Comey to drop the investigation, saying, “He didn’t direct him to do that. What he said to him was, ‘Can you give him a break?’”

Comey testified that Trump told him, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.”

Trump reluctantly fired Flynn when news surfaced that the retired Army general had misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with a Russian ambassador during the presidential transition.

In December 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the Russian contacts.

During Sunday’s interview, Giuliani said that if Trump is forced to testify before Robert Mueller’s investigators, the president will deny he told Comey to “let this go.”

Mueller was appointed to investigate Russia after Trump fired Comey in May 2017.

So far, the president’s lawyers are refusing an interview between Trump and Mueller’s team. The fear is that Trump will perjure himself. 

Former FBI Chief Comey Urges Voters to Support Dems, But Avoid ‘Socialist Left’

Former FBI Director James Comey on A?BC’s 20/20.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director James Comey urged Democrats on Sunday to avoid embracing the “socialist left,” just days after he encouraged voters to support Democrats in the fall elections.

Democrats, please, please don’t lose your minds and rush to the socialist left,” Comey tweeted Sunday afternoon. “This president and his Republican Party are counting on you to do exactly that. America’s great middle wants sensible, balanced, ethical leadership.”

On Tuesday, Comey tweeted that people “who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall” after congressional Republicans failed to adequately denounce President Trump after praising Russian President Vladimir Putin at a time when the Kremlin is suspected of continuing to meddle in American elections.

Trump fired Comey in May, prompting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller, in part, to determine if the FBI director’s termination amounted to obstruction of justice.

Comey took another jab at Trump Monday evening.

Comey, A Long-time Republican, Urges People to Vote for Democrats; Blasts Trump

James Comey (Twitter photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI Director James Comey is stepping outside his box.

Comey, who had been registered as a Republican most of his life, urged “all who believe in this country’s values” to vote for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections, CNN reports.

In a tweet on Tuesday evening, Comey called the Republican-held Congress “incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design.”