Comey calls Trump an unethical liar in autobiography

Comey calls Trump an unethical liar in autobiography

Carla Harmon
April 22, 2018

US President Donald Trump repeatedly complained to FBI director James Comey in early 2017 that the Russian Federation meddling investigation was a cloud over his administration, weeks before firing him, leaked memorandums showed.

The documents cover the early months of the Trump administration, a period of upheaval marked by staff turnover, a cascade of damaging headlines and revelations of an FBI investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

"I wake up some mornings and read the president is demanding the jailing of private citizens - occasionally me", Comey told host Emily Maitlis.

Comey went on to say that Trump had a "corrosive" and "staining" effect on his employees, and the nation as a whole.

The chairmen of three House committees that requested the documents said they were glad Comey's memos were finally being made public.

DiGenova said he believes Comey will be charged over the leaks, and that right way to do so is through federal grand juries.

After he was sacked by Trump, Comey testified before the Senate past year that he provided memos to "a friend" - Columbia Law School professor Daniel Richman - to read to the New York Times in hopes it would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to lead the Russian Federation investigation. Comey was trying to explain why he wasn't a weasel, notwithstanding his habit of immediately dictating a CYA memo every time he spoke with the president.

The redacted and declassified memos - running 15 pages in total - had previously been provided to special counsel Robert Mueller to assist his investigation into Trump's possible attempts to obstruct the probe of Russia's interference in the 2016 elections. President Trump was concerned about Andrew McCabe and twice asked Comey whether McCabe was hostile to him.

The memos offer some additional details of the then-FBI director's interactions with the president, but they largely corroborate Mr Comey's account of the key events that have been public for nearly a year.

On the other end of the spectrum is Trump, whom Comey finds paranoid, devoid of humour, unable to listen to the opinions of others and obsessed with exonerating himself from all things Russian, including election meddling, prostitutes and the "pee tape".

The disagreement involves conflicting recollections about a conversation the two men had after an October 2016 Wall Street Journal story about an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

Comey, however, has said McCabe did not acknowledge having done so and left the impression that he didn't know who had shared the information with the journalist.

"This is a stain on James Comey's judgment when it comes to law enforcement matters", Raj Shah, a White House spokesman, said Friday afternoon on CNN.

The Justice Department's inspector general concluded that McCabe misled officials under oath about authorizing the disclosure. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said there are several dozen leak investigations open, though that aggressiveness is similar to that of the Obama Justice Department, which was frequently criticized by media organizations and free press advocates.

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