Trump obstructed justice in Comey firing, says watchdog group CREW

Remigio Civitarese
Мая 20, 2017

A memo that Comey wrote after the meeting, which became public May 16, says Trump asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into Flynn and his Russian Federation ties.

Trump said in an interview with NBC News Thursday that Comey told him once at dinner and twice over the telephone that he wasn't under investigation.

"President Trump's statements, together with the reported statements of other senior officials, indicate that the decision to fire Director Comey was made in connection [to that inquiry]", CREW wrote in a letter to Rosenstein. He also, like Nixon, has grown increasingly isolated in the White House, recently relying on only a small circle of family members and loyal advisers while livid about the West Wing's failing efforts to get ahead of the damaging Russian Federation story, according to several people close to Trump.

"Well, that I can't talk about", Trump told Fox News's Jeanine Pirro in the clip released Friday. "It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won".

The series of tweets come as the White House scrambles to deny that it intentionally misled Americans over the series of events that led to Comey's termination on Tuesday. But Rosenstein did not recommend that Comey be fired, noting that although Trump had the power to do so, "the decision should not be taken lightly".

May 2, 2017: Clinton again lays part of the blame for losing the election on Comey's October 28 letter.

President Donald Trump seemed to throw him a brushback pitch on Twitter, writing Friday that Comey had 'better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!'

In his short letter to Comey, Trump made a specific point of mentioning that he "appreciated" how the FBI told him three times he was not personally under investigation over Russian Federation. He later elaborated those conversations took place twice in phone calls and once at a private dinner with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

FBI officials have questioned Trump's claims, and the agency' acting director, Andrew McCabe, on Thursday said such assurances about the scope of an ongoing counterintelligence investigation would not be "standard practice".

In an earlier tweet, the president returned to one of his favorite subjects - the media.

When it turned out that a White House photographer was present there, too, some mass media said the Trump administration was angry these photographs were published openly. Briefly during the presidential transition, Trump aides had discussed moving press out of the briefing room.

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