Two Interesting Things That Came Out Of James Comey Testimony

Under questioning by the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, James Comey revealed he made written records of private meetings with Trump in part due to concerns the ” about their discussions.

Interesting Fact # 1

Comey told senators he was driven to share the contents of his memos with the press through an intermediary after Trump tweeted ominously on May 12 about the possibility of taped recordings of his conversations with Comey.

Comey then revealed to senators he calculated the leak to trigger the appointment of a special counsel.

“My judgment was, I needed to get that out into the public square,” said Comey, later adding, “I asked (a close friend to do it) because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”

 

Interesting Fact #2

In written remarks published June 7, Comey corroborated press accounts that Trump had requested a loyalty pledge from the FBI director in January at a private dinner, and added that he believed Trump sought a “patronage relationship” — which Comey indicated to mean a relationship in which Comey, as Trump’s subordinate, would be expected to behave in a manner consistent with the president’s wishes.

The former FBI director also said he suspected Trump may have been angling at their private dinner to establish a sense of obligation in Comey for allowing him to stay in his role as FBI chief.

“My common sense told me what’s going on here is, he’s looking to get something in exchange for granting my request to stay in the job,” Comey told senators.

This context framed Comey’s testimony to senators about his communication with Trump over the FBI investigation into Flynn. Comey claimed in his written statement that while he was leading the FBI, Trump told him, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

Comey told senators he took Trump’s expression of “hope” as an order to comply.

 

“I took it as a direction,” Comey said. “I mean, this is a president of the United States with me alone saying ‘I hope this.’ I took it as, this is what he wants me to do. I didn’t obey that, but that’s the way I took it.”

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