COMEY HEARING

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TRUMP ATTORNEY: COMEY TESTIMONY IS ALL TRUE, EXCEPT FOR THE BAD PARTS

TRUMP’S ATTORNEY: “Contrary to numerous false press accounts leading up to today’s hearing, Mr. Comey has now finally confirmed publicly what he repeatedly told the President privately: The President was not under investigation as part of any probe into Russian interference.”

  • FACT: Whether or not Trump is under investigation for collusion with Russia, Comey made clear in his testimony that he is “sure” that Special Counsel Mueller is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice.

TRUMP’S ATTORNEY: “According to Mr. Comey, the President told Mr. Comey ‘it would be good to find out’ in that investigation if there were ‘some ‘satellite’ associates of his who did something wrong.’ And he did not exclude anyone from that statement.”

  • FACT: Even if this is true, it does not mean that Trump did not ask Comey to drop the Flynn probe, which Comey clearly interpreted to be separate from the Russian interference investigation.

TRUMP’S ATTORNEY: Mr Comey’s testimony also makes clear that the President never sought to impede the investigation into attempted Russian interference in the 2016 election, and in fact, consistent with that statement, the President never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that that Mr. Comey “let Flynn go.”

  • FACT: Here are some of the things Comey said today about Trump’s request that he drop the Flynn investigation:  

COMEY: “I took it as a direction…I took it as, this is what he wants me to do.”

COMEY: “We don’t want the agents and analysts working on this to know the president of the United States has—has asked—and when it comes from the president, I took it as a direction—to get rid of this investigation, because we’re not going to follow that—that request.”

TRUMP’S ATTORNEY: “Admiral Rogers testified that the President never ‘directed [him] to do anything…illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate’ and never ‘pressured [him] to do so.’ Director Coates said the same thing. The President likewise never pressured Mr. Comey.”

  • FACT: Rogers and Coates actually went out of their way to avoid answering the real question: whether Trump asked them to interfere with the FBI’s investigation into Michael Flynn.  In fact, Rogers and Coates were admonished by GOP Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr for refusing to answer this and other questions without any legal basis.

TRUMP’S ATTORNEY: “The President also never told Mr. Comey, ‘I need loyalty, I expect loyalty’ in form or substance.”

  • FACT: Comey not only took contemporaneous notes about this comment, he also discussed it with the FBI’s senior leadership.  Trump, on the other hand, insisted that he never said this during a dinner Trump falsely claimed Comey initiated.  

TRUMP’S ATTORNEY: “Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he leaked to friends his purported memos of these privileged conversations, one of which he testified was classified. He also testified that immediately after he was terminated he authorized his friends to leak the contents of these memos to the press in order to “prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”

  • FACT: The details of some of these memos became part of news reports only after Trump publicly disclosed the content of several conversations in his termination letter to Comey, accused him publicly of being a liar, threatened that he might have tapes of their conversations, and lied repeatedly about his management of the FBI.  Comey also did not testify in any way that he leaked the contents of any classified memo to unauthorized persons.

TRUMP’S ATTORNEY: “In sum, it is now established that the president was not being investigated for colluding with or attempting to obstruct.

FACT: Kasowitz’s use of the past tense here makes clear that he cannot say Trump isn’t currently being investigated for collusion, nor can he say that the Special Counsel is currently investigating Trump for obstruction as Comey suggested.  because he is well aware that that hasn’t been established.  


REVELATIONS FROM THE COMEY HEARING 

1.       Comey offered the best evidence yet that President Trump is under investigation. Comey said he expects the Special Counsel’s investigation to include Trump’s potential obstruction of justice.

2.      Without being able to say much, Comey made it very clear that Trump’s “satellite associates,” including Michael Flynn and Jeff Sessions, are in a lot of hot water.  Comey revealed AG Sessions has more ties to Russia that the public doesn’t know.

3.      Comey revealed that he told both AG Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein that he didn’t want to be left alone with President Trump, yet they took no action to protect Comey from Trump’s interference, and then conspired with Trump to justify Comey’s firing. 

4.      The FBI had serious concerns about Trump’s campaign and administration’s contacts with Russia.

5.      There were multiple conversations between Trump and Comey and not once was Trump concerned about Russia’s interference in our election.  This just shows once again that Trump is only concerned about himself and his friends, not our democracy.


McCain questions Comey

MCCAIN: TRUMP DEMAND FOR LOYALTY “DISTURBING”

Senator John McCain has frequently shared sharp critiques of Trump and his handling of the investigation and firing of Comey. #TBT to a few highlights:

  • Yesterday McCain told CNN’s Manu Raju that Comey’s testimony was “more than disturbing.”
  • McCain said he was “disappointed” by Trump’s firing of Comey.
  • McCain has praised Comey’s service and said his integrity “never wavered.”

Manchin Questions Comey, had over 600 questions submitted from WVians

“The question for West Virginians is, ‘If you knew, or you thought that there was obstruction of justice, why didn’t you act on it?’ ” Manchin told CBS this week. “What were his concerns and if there were deeper concerns, why wasn’t anything done at that time?”

Manchin added that he wants to know, if Comey was so concerned by what Trump told him earlier this year, why “was that concern filed away and for what purpose?”

Manchin asked Comey if he believes that there are in fact tapes of Trump-Comey conversations, Comey: “The president surely knows whether he taped me, and if he did, my feelings aren’t hurt. Release all the tapes. I’m good with it.”


TRUMP HAD NINE INTERACTIONS WITH COMEY BUT ONLY ASKED ABOUT ALTERING ONE INVESTIGATION

Out of the tens of thousands of investigations happening at the FBI every day, Trump was only interested in altering the path of one: Russia.

WATCH HERE

 

Warner: Let me just ask this in closing – how many ongoing investigations at any time does the FBI have?

Comey: Tens of thousands.

Warner: Tens of thousands. Did the President ever ask about any other ongoing investigation?

Comey: No.

Warner: Did he ever ask you about trying to interfere on any other investigation?

Comey: No.

Warner: I think, again, this speaks volumes. This doesn’t even get to the questions around the phone calls about “lifting the cloud.” I know other members will get to that. But I really appreciate your testimony and appreciate your service to our nation.

Comey: Thank you, Senator Warner. I’m sitting here going through my contacts with him. I had one conversation with the President that was classified where he asked about an ongoing intelligence investigation. It was brief and entirely professional.

Warner: But he didn’t ask you to take any specific action?

Comey: Oh, no. No

Warner: Unlike what he had done vis-à-vis Mr. Flynn and the overall Russia investigation?

Comey: No.


“Just call it a matter.”

LEGAL EXPERTS: COMEY’S ACTIONS ON TRUMP CONVERSATIONS WERE APPROPRIATE

Regardless of how Republicans try to spin it, legal experts agree that Comey provided a reasonable explanation for why he didn’t inform his superiors at the DOJ about Trump’s request to drop the Flynn probe, and he made it in consultation with other senior leaders at the FBI.

James Comey: “I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership…The FBI leadership team agreed with me that it was important not to infect the investigative team with the President’s request, which we did not intend to abide…We concluded it made little sense to report it to Attorney General Sessions, who we expected would likely recuse himself from involvement in Russia-related investigations. (He did so two weeks later.) The Deputy Attorney General’s role was then filled in an acting capacity by a United States Attorney, who would also not be long in the role.  After discussing the matter, we decided to keep it very closely held, resolving to figure out what to do with it down the road as our investigation progressed.

Former DOJ officials and legal experts have agreed that Comey was justified in his decision to withhold Trump conversation from DOJ leadership.

Fmr. Federal Prosecutor Walter Mack: “You have to give the benefit of the doubt to Jim Comey…I think his position was that he had a group of hard-working agents and assessors, evaluators working on it and if, in fact, the memo says what, in fact, it’s purported to say, this would indelibly impact the brains of those investigators working on the case. It might cause them to react in a negative way.

Fmr. DOJ Attorney Michael Zeldin: “You’ve got a recused attorney general, you’ve got a deputy attorney general who perhaps is a witness in this case because of his prior memo alleging that the firing was based on poor Hillary Clinton’s situation. So it may be that he says, ‘I have no one to go to in Justice. I went to senior people in the FBI, names to be disclosed at some point…I didn’t want to interfere with the ongoing investigation of the agents of these issues by surfacing this,’ which is an important factor when you’re in the middle of an important investigation. To demoralize your agents in some way by revealing this is a point that has to be taken into account.”

Former FBI Special Agent Steve More:” “[Comey] went back to the office, he got his lawyers around and he said what are we going to do? Do I call the Justice Department? You mean the one that works for the guy who you’re about to, say, committed a crime that might result in impeachment? No, you sit there and the FBI does this as a matter of policy of course. You make your case, and then you go public. And so, people are saying that he’s not going to talk to – not going to notify a person who reports directly to the suspect, it makes no sense that he would even do that. So, that to me is not even a persuasive argument…The fact that Comey didn’t immediately report it to somebody who worked for Trump means nothing.” [Newsroom, CNN, 5/17/17]

Former FBI Special Agent Steve More: “I’ve heard this all day, that Comey didn’t say anything. Well, the FBI is not like the police. I mean, when, when Donald Trump said something that Comey obviously felt was criminal in nature or potentially criminal in nature, he doesn’t pull out a gun and say you’re under arrest.” [Newsroom, CNN, 5/17/17]

Lawfare’s Bobby Chesney: “There is no basis for claiming that Jim Comey took affirmative steps to conceal any alleged obstruction by Donald Trump.  To argue that Comey somehow affirmatively concealed something by taking care with who got to see his memo entirely collapses this distinction, and would extend liability for misprision to just about every criminal investigator and prosecutor in this country (given how routine it is for both investigators and prosecutors to create but limit circulation of documents with evidentiary content in this sense).”


COMEY WAS RIGHT – TRUMP AND THE WHITE HOUSE DID LIE

Trump lied when he denied asking Comey to drop the Flynn investigation

QUESTION: “Thank you, Mr. President. In the light of a very busy news week, a lot of people would like to get to the bottom of a couple of things, give you a chance to go on record here. Did you at any time urge former FBI Director James Comey in any way, shape, or form to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn? And also as you look back—”

TRUMP: “No. No. Next question.”

Trump lied when he denied that Trump had asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to Trump

PIRRO: “Did you ask that question?”

TRUMP: “No. No, I didn‘t, but I don‘t think it would be a bad question to ask. I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the United States is important. I don‘t know how that got there because I didn‘t ask that question.”

Trump lied when he claimed that Comey had asked to have dinner with him because he wanted to keep his job.

TRUMP: “I had a dinner with him. He wanted to have dinner because he wanted to stay on. We had a very nice dinner at the White House…”

HOLT: “He—he asked…”

TRUMP: “…very early on. That dinner was arranged. I think he asked for the dinner. And he wanted to stay on as the FBI head. And I said I’ll, you know, consider. We’ll see what happens. But we had a very nice dinner.”

Trump lied when he claimed that Comey called him once to inform him that he was not under investigation.

TRUMP: “Then, during a phone call, he said it. And then, during another phone call he said it. So, he said it once at dinner and then he said it twice during phone calls.”

HOLT: “Did—did you call him?”

TRUMP: “In one case I called him and one case he called me.”

HOLT: “And did you ask am I under investigation?”

TRUMP: “I actually asked him, yes. I said if it’s possible, would you let me know am I under investigation. He said you are not under investigation.”

Sean Spicer lied when he denied that Trump had asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to Trump.

QUESTION: “Sean, in the dinner that the president had with James Comey earlier in—in January, did the president implore him to pledge his loyalty to the president? Is that true?”

SPICER: “No.”

QUESTION: “Did that happen? That did not happen.”

SPICER: “No.”

 Sarah Sanders lied when she denied that Trump had asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to Trump

‘We don’t believe this to be an accurate account…The integrity of our law enforcement agencies and their leadership is of the utmost importance to President Trump. He would never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty, only loyalty to our country and its great people.’”


Manchin: “No one is above the law.”


AS COMEY TESTIMONY KICKS OFF,

KEEP THESE IN MIND

1.) Contrary to GOP talking points, former FBI Director James Comey did consult the FBI’s senior staff and DOJ officials regarding President Donald Trump’s behavior and attempts to influence the investigation into Michael Flynn and Russia.

Comey’s Testimony:

·         “As was my practice for conversations with President Trump, I wrote a detailed memo about the dinner immediately afterwards and shared it with the senior leadership team of the FBI.”

·         “I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership. I had understood the President to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December.”

·         “I spoke with Attorney General Sessions in person to pass along the President’s concerns about leaks. I took the opportunity to implore the Attorney General to prevent any future direct communication between the President and me. I told the AG that what had just happened – him being asked to leave while the FBI Director, who reports to the AG, remained behind – was inappropriate and should never happen. He did not reply.”

2.) Trump fired Comey because of the Russia investigation. He even admitted it himself. To argue Comey was fired for any other reason is a weak attempt to distract from Trump’s own words.

·         “May 11: In interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, Trump said he planned on firing Comey regardless of what Rosenstein recommended. And he suggested the Russia investigation was a reason behind the dismissal. ‘When I decided to [fire Comey], I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story.’

3.) Trump repeatedly forced situations to speak with Comey one-on-one, which is not common practice for the President.

Comey’s Testimony:

·         “It was unclear from the conversation who else would be at the dinner, although I assumed there would be others. It turned out to be just the two of us, seated at a small oval table in the center of the Green Room.”

·         “The President signaled the end of the briefing by thanking the group and telling them all that he wanted to speak to me alone. I stayed in my chair. As the participants started to leave the Oval Office, the Attorney General lingered by my chair, but the President thanked him and said he wanted to speak only with me. The last person to leave was Jared Kushner, who also stood by my chair and exchanged pleasantries with me. The President then excused him, saying he wanted to speak with me.”

4.) If Trump did nothing wrong, why did he lie so many times about his interactions with Comey? And why did he threaten him with “tapes”?

Trump lied when he denied asking Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.

QUESTION: “Thank you, Mr. President. In the light of a very busy news week, a lot of people would like to get to the bottom of a couple of things, give you a chance to go on record here. Did you at any time urge former FBI Director James Comey in any way, shape, or form to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn? And also as you look back—” 

TRUMP: “No. No. Next question.”

Trump lied when he denied that Trump had asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to Trump.

PIRRO: “Did you ask that question?”

TRUMP: “No. No, I didn‘t, but I don‘t think it would be a bad question to ask. I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the United States is important. I don‘t know how that got there because I didn‘t ask that question.”

Trump lied when he claimed that Comey had asked to have dinner with him because he wanted to keep his job.

TRUMP: “I had a dinner with him. He wanted to have dinner because he wanted to stay on. We had a very nice dinner at the White House…”

HOLT: “He—he asked…”

TRUMP: “…very early on. That dinner was arranged. I think he asked for the dinner. And he wanted to stay on as the FBI head. And I said I’ll, you know, consider. We’ll see what happens. But we had a very nice dinner.”

Trump lied when he claimed that Comey called him once to inform him that he was not under investigation.

TRUMP: “Then, during a phone call, he said it. And then, during another phone call he said it. So, he said it once at dinner and then he said it twice during phone calls.”

HOLT: “Did—did you call him?”

TRUMP: “In one case I called him and one case he called me.”

HOLT: “And did you ask am I under investigation?”

TRUMP: “I actually asked him, yes. I said if it’s possible, would you let me know am I under investigation. He said you are not under investigation.”

5.) Comey and McCabe have never said that there was no interference in the FBI investigation.  Comey said that nobody at the Department of Justice had ever interfered, and McCabe said that Comey’s firing would not keep the FBI from doing its work.  

Politifact: “It’s incorrect to say Comey testified under oath that Trump never pressured the FBI to halt or alter any investigation. The full exchange between Comey and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, shows that he was talking about whether anyone at the Justice Department had tried to stifle an investigation — not the president. Further, Comey was speaking generally about his experience at the FBI, not the Russia investigation in particular.”

Washington Post: “The acting director of the FBI also clarified a key point from an earlier congressional appearance, in which he had said there had been no effort to slow or interfere with the Russia probe. What he meant, McCabe said, was that the firing of Comey had not stalled the investigation.”


Fellow Democrats,

As the  hearing with former FBI Director James Comey begins, we wanted to make sure you’re equipped with a few talking points/take away from all the news that’s unfolded since yesterday evening.

Key takeaways from Comey’s testimony, which was published yesterday:

1.       Comey will confirm that Trump lied and that Trump did ask him to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn.

2.       Any suggestion that Trump didn’t know what he was doing was wrong is simply not credible.  Comey will confirm that Trump cleared the room before he asked for the Flynn probe to be dropped, and we know from recent reporting that he did the same thing when asking his DNI to interfere in the investigation.

3.       Trump didn’t just ask Comey for his loyalty, he made clear that it was a requirement for Comey to keep his job.

4.       Trump’s loyalty request and his demand that the Flynn probe be dropped were just two of several highly inappropriate contacts Trump initiated with Comey during which he repeatedly sought his help to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation.

5.       Comey didn’t just write contemporaneous memos about his interactions with Trump, he informed FBI senior leadership and, in some cases, DOJ officials, about the conversations in real time.

And a few more takeaways from numerous bombshell report on Trump’s continued interference in the Russia investigation:

·         Trump asked DNI Dan Coats to intervene to shut down the FBI’s Flynn probe. It’s clear Trump was engaged in a months-long effort to enlist the country’s top officials to protect him.
·         Sessions reportedly threatened to resign after Trump’s complaints about his recusal from the Russia investigation.
·         Comey reportedly told Sessions that he did not want to be left alone with Trump in order to protect the FBI from White House influence.
·         US investigators believe Russian hackers planted fake news behind the Qatar crisis that Trump has embraced. This intensified concerns that Russia continues to use similar measures they used to hack our election on US allies.

Q+A
Question: Comey will stop short of saying “obstruction of justice” in his testimony and the written testimony does not say “obstruction of justice.”  Why?

Answer: Comey is simply there to offer the facts; it is up to Special Counsel Robert Mueller to determine the legal implications.  However, Comey will make clear in his testimony that he understood that Trump wanted the Flynn investigation to go away.

Question: Republicans claim Comey and McCabe both admitted previously there was no interference in the Russia investigation.  Doesn’t Comey’s testimony conflict with those statements?

Answer: Nothing about Comey‘s testimony tomorrow will conflict with past statements by him or McCabe.  Previously, McCabe has only said that Comey‘s firing would not stop the FBI from doing its job.  Comey‘s previous testimony indicated that he had not experienced efforts to interfere from the Attorney General or Deputy Attorney General. Neither of these statements conflict with his claim that Trump asked him to drop the investigation of Mike Flynn.

Question: Why didn’t Comey report Trump to senior DOJ officials?

Answer: Comey discussed each of these interactions with senior FBI leaders and made written records of each of them – and he notes in his testimony that they decided to determine what to do with them “down the road as the investigation progressed.”  Former DOJ officials – including GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy – have agreed that there was nothing wrong with this approach.  Additionally, Comey’s testimony makes clear that he was concerned at the time about Attorney General Sessions’ conflict of interest and looming recusal from the Russia investigation.
 
Question:  If Comey told Trump he was not personally under investigation, doesn’t that mean he’s in the clear?

Answer: No.  Comey’s testimony makes clear that he did not want to go public with a statement that Trump wasn’t personally under investigation because the probe was in its early stages and that it could change.  Additionally, it is now highly likely that Trump himself is under investigation for his efforts to obstruct the FBI investigation.

Question: If Trump was telling the truth that he was told three times he wasn’t under investigations, doesn’t that vindicate him?

Answer:  Comey’s testimony makes clear that Trump has lied repeatedly about his interactions with Comey.  He denied that he asked for the Flynn probe to be dropped, he lied about not asking Comey for his loyalty, he lied when he said he didn’t invite Comey to dinner, and he lied when he said Comey called him to reassure him he wasn’t under investigation.   


DEBUNKING THE RNC’S LEAKED TALKING POINTS

RNC TP: “Director Comey’s opening statement confirms he told President Trump three times that he was not under investigation. The testimony also confirms that President Trump did not impede or engage in obstruction of justice of the investigation.”

REALITY: Comey’s written testimony confirms that Trump engaged in a series of efforts to interfere in the FBI investigation, including: 

·         Trump threatened Comey’s job if he did not pledge loyalty.

·         Trump asked Comey to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn and repeatedly asking for help lifting “the cloud” of the Russia investigation.

·         Trump admitted he thought of the investigation when he fired Comey.

IMPORTANT: Comey’s written testimony confirms that Trump told at least FOUR LIES, often multiple times, to the American people about his interactions with Comey:

1.      Trump lied when he denied having asked for Comey’s loyalty

2.     Trump lied when he denied asking Comey to drop the Flynn probe

3.     Trump even lied when he said Comey asked to have dinner with him because he wanted to keep his job.

4.     Trump lied about Comey calling him

RNC TP: “President Trump knew firing Director Comey would be detrimental to his presidency, but he knew it was the right thing to do for the country so he did it anyways.”

REALITY: Trump did not fire Comey because he thought it was the right thing to do for the country, and he had no idea it would be detrimental to his presidency.  

·         We know Trump fired Comey because of Russia – because Trump himselfadmitted it! Trump told Lester Holt that Russia was on his mind when he fired Comey.

·         Trump told the Russian foreign minister and ambassador that firing Comeyresulted in the pressure of the Russia investigation being “taken off.”

·         Trump didn’t think firing Comey would be detrimental to his presidency, either.  Trump was told by senior advisors it would be a “political win.” politically.

·         If Trump wanted to fire Comey, he would have done it his first day in office, and not four months later as the Russia investigation heated up.

RNC TP: “Director Comey lost confidence of both sides of the aisle, and the president was justified in firing him.”

REALITY: Trump himself has admitted that he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation – it had nothing to do with the Clinton email investigation or anyone having lost confidence in him.  Trump himself admitted it – so why are we debating it?

·         It’s completely irrelevant whether Democrats liked Comey or not.  Trump doesn’t make any decision based on what Democrats think and he made clear to Comey that he was willing to keep him on as FBI Director as long as he got his “loyalty” pledge.

·         Even Richard Burr, the chair of today’s hearing, was deeply troubled by the timing of Comey’s firing and praised him as a public servant on the day Comey was let go 

RNC TP: “Director Comey and his deputy have even admitted under oath there was no obstruction.”

REALITY: Nothing about Comey‘s testimony tomorrow will conflict with past statements by him or McCabe and the RNC is taking sentences from both testimonies out of context.

·         Previously, McCabe only said that Comey‘s firing would not stop the FBI from doing its job.  Here’s exactly what was actually said:

RUBIO: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. McCabe, can you without going into the specific of any individual investigation, I think the American people want to know, has the dismissal of Mr. Comey in any way impeded, interrupted, stopped or negatively impacted any of the work, any investigation, or any ongoing projects at the Federal Bureau of Investigations?

MCCABE: As you know, Senator, the work of the men and women of the FBI continues despite any changes in circumstance, any decisions. So there has been no effort to impede our investigation today. Quite simply put sir, you cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people, and upholding the Constitution.

·         Previously, Comey testified that he had not experienced efforts to interferefrom the Attorney General or Deputy Attorney General.  This does not conflict with Comey’s claim that President Trump himself asked Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.

HIRONO: “So if the Attorney General or senior officials at the Department of Justice opposes a specific investigation, can they halt that FBI investigation?”

COMEY: “In theory, yes.”

HIRONO: “Has it happened?” 

COMEY: “Not in my experience. Because it would be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something that — without an appropriate purpose. I mean where oftentimes they give us opinions that we don’t see a case there and so you ought to stop investing resources in it. But I’m talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal. It’s not happened in my experience.” 

RNC TP: “There is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”

REALITY: We don’t know yet whether there is evidence of collusion or not. That’s the whole reason there is an investigation 

·         The FBI and Congressional investigators have made clear that these investigations are in their early stages, and intelligence officials like former CIA Director John Brennan have made clear that the contacts they observed between Trump associates and Russia were alarming enough to warrant an FBI probe. 

RNC TP: “While investigating the Clinton email scandal, Director Comey succumbed to political pressure from the Obama White House – this is far worse than anything President Trump is rumored to have said.”

REALITY: Trump, Sessions, and the entire Republican party had no qualms with Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation after his letter on Oct. 28, 2016.  

·         Trump praised him repeatedly for taking his reputation back

·         Sessions celebrated him for having done “his duty”

·         Trump was perfectly happy to keep him on as long as he got his loyalty pledgein return.

·         Here’s a helpful statistic: President Obama spoke one-on-one with Comey twicein over 40 months while both were in office; Trump spoke to him nine times in just four months, and used those opportunities to put pressure on him behind closed doors.


Manchin Wants Constituent Questions For Comey: WVPB

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West Virginia’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is asking constituents to send him questions to ask fired FBI Director James Comey when he testifies next week before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Manchin, a committee member, says he went to the Capitol to represent West Virginians and wants to know what questions they want answered.

Comey was ousted last month amid a federal investigation into connections between Russia and

the Trump campaign.

He is set to testify before Congress Thursday.

Manchin is asking to have questions emailed to: Intel_Hearing@Manchin.Senate.Gov.