Comey prepared extensively for his conversations with Trump, report says

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

In his preparation for meeting Trump, Comey made clear to associates that he wanted to be responsive to the president's questions while declining to discuss sensitive subjects, said an associate, who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, the Post reported.

Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, says in a tweet that Mueller was a great selection with "impeccable credentials". A timeline recently passed out to members of Congress said that because the operation would not be executed until after Trump was in office, Rice asked for Trump to sign off on it, but Flynn said to wait, and he ultimately rejected the plan, reports McClatchy's Vera Bergengruen. The investigation goes well beyond Flynn, Manafort and a possible American connection, to include how Russian intelligence services carried out the campaign of fake news and leaking hacked emails that intelligence officials say was meant to hurt Hillary Clinton and benefit Donald Trump. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.

"Well, I respect the move but the entire thing has been a witch hunt", Trump said when asked about the investigation.

The bombshell revelation Tuesday escalated the already raging political crises engulfing the White House triggered by the bureau's probe into alleged cooperation between Trump aides and Russia as well as new reports that Trump divulged classified information to top Russian officials.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers keynote address during the commencement at Liberty University May 13, 2017 in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Trump then spoke at length about his decision to fire Comey and indicated he thought it would be a more popular decision among Democrats.

"I think it is totally ridiculous".

In other words: The majority of Republicans saw no need to escalate investigations into Russian Federation - and, inevitably, to risk escalating their tensions with Trump - by supporting more investigations.

"You can't let them get you down".

This week, the New York Times published excerpts from a memo Comey wrote, indicating that Trump had asked for the FBI to drop its investigations into Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who resigned amid a previous bout of Russia-related scandals.

That's not how a majority of Republicans in Congress felt before Wednesday's announcement.

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