Comey asked Sessions not to leave him alone with Trump

Cheryl Sanders
June 7, 2017

After James Comey's meeting with Donald Trump in February, in which Trump asked him to shut down the Russian Federation investigation, Comey told Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he didn't want to be left alone with Trump ever again. By the time Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey last month, Mr. Comey had disclosed the meeting to a few of his closest advisers but nobody at the Justice Department, according to the officials, who did not want to be identified discussing Mr. Comey's interactions with Mr. Trump and Mr. Sessions.

President Trump allegedly asked America's top spy if he could get the FBI to back away from an investigation into his former national security adviser, Mike Flynn. The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director is scheduled to testify in public for the first time Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

A DNI spokesman told the Post that Coats did not feel pressured by Trmp to influence intelligence matters, but that he "does not discuss his private conversations with the President".

Talking points shared by the RNC will focus in part on pushing the message that both Republicans and Democrats had previously lost confidence in the ex-FBI director, urging Trump surrogates to parrot Democrats' criticism of Comey before his firing.

Despite Comey's apparent belief that Trump was trying to sandbag his investigation, early reports indicate Comey will not accuse the president of obstruction of justice when he testifies on Thursday. Comey reportedly documented the interaction in a contemporaneous memo. Two days earlier, Comey had confirmed in a congressional hearing that the bureau was probing whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 race. Comey associates say that before the director was sacked in May, the president had asked him to drop the investigation into Flynn, and Comey refused.

The FBI declined to comment to the Times for its story.

Despite the mounting legal questions now shadowing the White House, Trump has needled Comey publicly.

The White House had suggested Trump could invoke executive privilege to protect the confidentiality of presidential discussions, but some aides were wary that may appear like a cover-up.

A spokesman for Pompeo, declined to comment to the Post, and the White House pointed to outside lawyers for the newspaper.

Coats says he "certainly will provide them with what I know and what I don't know" during his testimony and has previously indicated he would fully cooperate with the Russian Federation investigation as it gained steam.

"The president's got a full day on Thursday", Spicer said.

Lankford said the scope of Comey's public testimony will be limited because of security issues, which is one reason he doubts any new information will come out.

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