Donald Trump Jr. contradicts his dad on just what Trump 'told Comey'

Alvin Kelly
June 20, 2017

According to James Comey, Trump hoped that the then-FBI director would find a way to drop his investigation of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and help blow away "the cloud" concerning the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation. A person close to Trump's legal team has said a complaint would be filed with the Justice Department.

Testifying on Thursday, June 8 before the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI Director James Comey showed us why we should be glad he was sacked as FBI director.

One month ago, James Comey alleged - in a memo that he leaked to a friend and which eventually led to the appointment of a special counsel - that President Trump pressured him to end the Michael Flynn investigation.

Trump's claim of vindication from Comey's testimony is groundless.

"No. No ... next question", Trump said when asked during a joint news conference with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos if he had, in any way, tried to influence the probe.
The statement went on to say that Mr. Trump "feels completely and totally vindicated", and that "he is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda".

During an April 6 speech at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, he mocked Trump's oft-repeated pledge to "drain the swamp".

Comey was unabashed about accusing Trump and his administration of telling "lies", and said he began the practice of immediately making notes after talking with the president because "I was honestly concerned he might lie" about the conversations.

James Risch, R-Idaho, called Comey's testimony "as good as it gets" for legal writing and accepted that "we know exactly what happened" between him and Trump.

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"And I'm not the FBI director", he said, "but I was the chief federal law enforcement officer in Manhattan with jurisdiction over a lot of things including, you know, business interests and other things in NY".

Comey said he considered Trump's "hope" an order or directive to kill the Russian meddling investigation and let Flynn go, which he never would have followed. "There's no ambiguity in it, there's no, 'Hey, I'm hoping, "' Trump said. Comey pointedly told the Senate Committee: "I did not say I would let this go". There have also been reports, in the Times and elsewhere, that Trump is furious with Sessions for recusing himself and thus leaving the investigation in more independent hands, and that Sessions offered to resign. During his campaign, Trump often said it was time to "drain the swamp" in Washington of corrupt and self-dealing insiders.

Trump critics said that was evidence that the president may have obstructed justice, possible grounds for impeachment.

According to the YouGov poll issued on Saturday, only 26 percent of the citizens viewed Trump as trustworthy, while 28 percent said they were not sure.

The request is a sign of escalating fallout from riveting testimony from Comey last week of undue pressure from Trump.

Comey's written testimony "is the most shocking single document compiled about the official conduct of the public duties of any President since the release of the Watergate tapes", Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of the Brookings Institution's Lawfare blog, wrote.

They separately wrote the White House counsel Don McGahn asking whether the recordings exist, and if so, that they be produced to the committee by June 23.

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