Comey: Assumption of Clinton victory factored into email probe announcement

Frederick Owens
April 16, 2018

Not stopping there, Donald Trump continued his attack on James Comey.

"We find that Mr. Comey has a revisionist view of history and seems like a disgruntled ex-employee, afterall he was sacked", Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway added.

"I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty", Trump tweeted.

Comey kept contemporaneous memos of his interactions with the president and told the Senate Intelligence Committee last June that he did so because he thought Trump might lie about them.

Comey has testified about the memos under oath to Congress, saying Trump asked him to ease off a probe into fired national security adviser Michael Flynn and wanted complete "loyalty".

Comey said he was "operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I'm sure that it was a factor". On Friday, Stephanopoulos tweeted out a link to another preview where Comey describes warning Trump about one of the most infamous allegations in a dossier of claims involving Trump and Russian Federation, parts of which remain unverified.

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The commander-in-chief has stamped Comey as a "LEAKER & LIAR", ahead of his highly anticipated tome, which hits shelves Tuesday.

According to excerpts of the book obtained by United States media, Mr Comey writes that interactions with Mr Trump gave him "flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob". Trump used the investigation as a cudgel in the campaign and repeatedly said Clinton should be jailed for using a personal email system while serving as secretary of state.

Among other nuggets of madness, the president called for the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director to be jailed, coined a new nickname for Bill Clinton (not a awful one - at least it wasn't "Little Bill"), and again lamented the death of attorney-client privilege.

Here is some more of Trump's twitter on Sunday. Moscow has denied meddling. But he says he believes he did the right thing by going before the cameras and making his statement, noting that the Justice Department had done so in other high-profile cases. Like so numerous Trump-hating tribe, he reflects the sense of moral superiority, as when he compares the president to NY mob bosses. There is no indication Comey is under investigation for doing either.

After an hour of trashing Comey's character and reputation, Trump posted that he barely knew Comey, his favourite way of distancing himself from a contentious figure. "It was nearly an out-of-body experience for me". Mr. Trump's early-morning missives slammed the ex-director as a "slimeball", while simultaneously casting Comey as someone he "hardly knew".

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