COMEY MEMOS: TOLD TRUMP HE’S NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, PRES WANTS FBI TO MAKE IT PUBLIC

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COMEY MEMOS RELEASED
  • “I reminded [Trump] that I had told him we weren’t investigating him and that I had told the Congressional leadership the same thing,” Comey wrote. “[Trump] said it would be great if that could get out and several times asked me to find a way to get that out.”

 

By Samuel Chamberlain | Fox News

Memos written by former FBI Director James Comey about his interactions with President Trump showed that the president repeatedly asked Comey to make public that he was not under investigation over contacts between Russian officials and members of his campaign.

The memos were released to congressional committees Thursday night and obtained by Fox News. GOP lawmakers said the memos proved Comey never felt obstructed, fighting a claim from many Democrats that Trump tried to hold up the FBI’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election.

The memos also showed that eight days after he was sworn in as president, Trump told Comey during a one-on-one dinner at the White House that he “needed loyalty and expected loyalty.”

Comey wrote that he “did not reply, or even nod or change my facial expression, which [Trump] noted because we came back to it later.”

At a later point, Comey wrote that Trump told him directly, “I need loyalty.”

“I replied that he would always get honesty from me,” said Comey. “[Trump] paused and said that’s what he wants, ‘honest loyalty.’ I replied, ‘you will get that from me.'”

“It is possible we understood that phrase differently,” Comey added as a parenthetical, “but I chose to understand it as consistent with what I had said throughout the conversation: I will serve the President with loyalty to the office, the country, and the truth. I decided it would not be productive to push the subject further.”

More than two months later, on March 30, Comey wrote that Trump had called him and pressed the FBI director to make public that the president was not under investigation over contacts between Russian officials and members of his campaign.

“I reminded [Trump] that I had told him we weren’t investigating him and that I had told the Congressional leadership the same thing,” Comey wrote. “[Trump] said it would be great if that could get out and several times asked me to find a way to get that out.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/19/comey-memos-trump-wanted-fbi-to-make-public-was-not-under-investigation-over-russia-ties.html

 

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