James Comey: Trump's Comment May Be Obstruction Of Justice

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

"Truth matters, integrity matters", Mr Comey said.

"I knew this was a no-win situation, this case".

Former FBI Director James Comey says he thinks there's "certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice" in the actions of President Donald Trump.

"And again, I don't know what that will be". The President of the United States may be being blackmailed by a hostile foreign power. "'There's a non-zero possibility that the Russians have some, some sway over him that is rooted in his personal experience, and I don't know whether that's the business about the activity in a Moscow hotel room or finances or something else'".

He added: "I don't remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she's going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she'll be illegitimate the moment she's elected, the moment this comes out".

"It's the family, the family, the family, the family", Comey said.

But overall, Mr Comey's account of the meetings he had with President Trump, including an awkward private dinner, was not that new.

Comey, who was handed a shocking dismissal past year, said he didn't think Trump was not medically but morally unfit to be the president of the US.

Comey's comments in an ABC News interview broadcast Sunday were nearly certain to escalate his war of words with the president.

When Stephanopoulos asked Comey, "was President Trump obstructing justice?"

"'That can't happen, ' I said".

"My sense of (Attorney General Jeff Sessions). was that he was over matched for the job. and that he was going to struggle in it".

The Republican National Committee also created a website, https://lyincomey.com, using an insult first used in a tweet by Trump, to attack Comey.

"He asked for my loyalty personally as the F.B.I. director".

In an interview with ABC News that aired Sunday night, Comey says he doesn't think Trump is medically unfit, dismissing those who question his mental state. "But in many ways, I feel great pressure to stay to try and protect the institution I lead". Trump cited the memo in firing Comey, and Comey said he came to believe Rosenstein was "part of the family now". And I'm about to talk to him about allegations that he was involved with prostitutes in Moscow and that the Russians taped it and have leverage over him.

Trump a year ago abruptly removed Comey who was overseeing a criminal probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election that was won by him.

Clinton has asserted that she would have been elected president if Comey hadn't re-opened the investigation.

She said the president was "aware" of "excerpts" from the interview, but did not answer when asked if he had watched the full chat.

"He has no credibility and President Trump was right to follow through on the bipartisan calls for him to be fired", Mr McDaniel said in a statement.

His comments echoed a quote from his memoir, in which he said it was "entirely possible" his concern over Clinton's legitimacy "bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in all polls". It was his decision to give an against-protocol press conference lambasting Hillary Clinton while not charging her with a crime. He says he agrees now with the criticism that his remarks muddied important issues.

Comey is schedule to give interviews on the book to major television networks this week and travel to a dozen cities to promote the book in person.

But The Washington Post has reported that many Federal Bureau of Investigation officials viewed the allegation against Lynch as dubious at best - and possibly one of Russia's very first disinformation efforts during the 2016 campaign. It's a little unfair not to note that context when criticizing Comey's public pushback, but Stanage is correct that this is a little "incongruous" to have someone lecturing on higher ethics while making cracks about orange skin and hand size.

"There was material that I knew someday, when it's declassified, and I thought that would be decades in the future, would cause historians to wonder, "Hmm, was there some odd business goin" on there?" Clinton said that decision helped cost her the election.

Throughout the interview, Comey stressed the importance of telling the truth, a theme in his book. "The lying about all things". We've drifted away from that day.

Trump ripped Comey as an "untruthful slime ball", a "leaker" and a "liar".

However, that Mr Comey considers it's even possible, is itself pretty remarkable.

Trump also pushed back against Comey's claims that Trump sought his loyalty, saying it was "Just another of his many lies". He has an interesting perspective on events, and the animus between Trump and Comey will make the latter a very popular figure on the talk-show tour. After Clinton's loss, many Democrats blamed Comey, and Clinton herself has said it hurt her election prospects.

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