Trump denies seeking Comey 'loyalty,' dodges tapes question

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 10, 2017

A smoking gun is extraordinarily rare evidence. But, the investigation into potential Russian intervention in the 2016 election had barely begun before he was sacked, so he didn't have anything on it to report. "So you reached a conclusion in the case of Mr. Comey - President Comey. case of President Trump". It may prove injurious - possibly fatal - to the political fortunes of the Trump administration. The House intelligence committee is seeking any tapes of the conversations.

But proving obstruction of justice is hard even in ordinary circumstances. "Lordy I hope there are tapes". One target is retired Lt. "This is not about Russian Federation or our national security or hacking our election".

In his first congressional appearance since being abruptly fired by Trump last month, Comey on Thursday detailed months of distrust of the president and bluntly asserted that Trump had fired him to interfere with the probe of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.

Trump himself was expected to dispute Comey's claims that he demanded loyalty and asked the FBI director to drop the investigation into Flynn, according to a person close to the president's legal team who was not authorized to discuss legal strategy by name and demanded anonymity.

Robert Mueller was subsequently appointed special counsel to oversee the Justice Department investigation of Russian efforts to disrupt the 2016 president election.

The facts are straightforward but still shocking. McCain couldn't seem to clearly convey what he wanted Comey to answer to and at one point Comey admitted he was "a little confused" and just wasn't following McCain's question. He then segued into what the Director was investigating about President Trump.

"I found him to be credible, candid and thorough", Collins said of Comey on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

Comey pointed out they were separate investigations.

"Was General Flynn, at that time, in serious legal jeopardy?" asked Senate intelligence committee chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican. "Do you sense that the president was trying to obstruct justice?"

Proving how hard it is to stand up to power, even if you're the 6-foot-8 director of the FBI, Comey replied that maybe if he had been stronger he would have spoken up, but he was too "stunned" by the exchange. "Well, I think there's a double standard there to tell you the truth".

That might be count one if any charges emerge from the probe.

Ultimately, Comey said of Trump, "I take him at his word", that he was sacked because of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

The President of the United States does not come out of this looking well.

Comey said Obama's attorney general, Loretta Lynch, directed him to refer to the probe of Hillary Clinton's emails as a "matter" rather than an "investigation". "I don't quite understand how you can be done with that but not done with the whole investigation of their attempt to affect the outcome our election", McCain said. "What was the response of your colleagues?" "I think they convinced him there was no reason for him to say anything, to not get bogged down in the swamp".

Comey's hearing attracted widespread national attention, and early in his testimony the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said President Trump told lies about why he was sacked in May. "We've learned more from the newspapers sometimes than we do from our open hearings for sure".

Which brings us back to what we might learn from the case against Nixon. The Justice Department nearly certainly can not indict a sitting president.

Prosecutors do two things in building an obstruction case.

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