Tag Archives: James Comey

US Justice Department won't let FBI officials speak to Senate panel

Source: Bloomberg

"The Justice Department says it will not permit two FBI officials close to fired director James Comey to appear privately before a congressional committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Senate Judiciary Committee had asked in July to interview the two officials, Jim Rybicki and Carl Ghattas, and then agreed to narrow the scope of questioning after the Justice Department initially declined to make the men available. But in a letter this week obtained by The Associated Press, the Justice Department said it would still not permit the officials to be questioned in order to 'protect the integrity' of the investigation being done by special counsel Robert Mueller." (09/13/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-13/justice-won-t-allow-fbi-officials-to-speak-to-senate-panel

White House spokeswoman: Justice Department "should certainly look at" prosecuting Comey

Source: Washington Post

"The Justice Department should consider prosecuting former FBI director James B. Comey for actions that 'were improper and likely could have been illegal,' White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday. 'I think if there's ever a moment where we feel someone's broken the law, particularly if they're the head of the FBI, I think that's something that certainly should be looked at,' Sanders said. … Sanders ticked through a list of actions or alleged actions by Comey that she said justified his firing by Trump, in May, and some of which, she said, may be illegal." (09/12/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/12/white-house-spokeswoman-justice-department-should-certainly-look-at-prosecuting-comey/

GOP senators: Comey drafted statement clearing Clinton before her interview

Source: Politico

"Former FBI Director James Comey began drafting a statement rejecting the idea of criminal charges against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her private email account about two months or more before Clinton was interviewed in the FBI probe, according to partial transcripts of interviews released Thursday by two Republican senators. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham said they obtained the transcripts from the Office of Special Counsel, a government watchdog agency that launched an investigation into whether Comey's actions violated a federal law against government employees engaging in political activity while on duty. … 'Conclusion first, fact-gathering second—that’s no way to run an investigation. The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy,' Grassley and Graham wrote as they demanded all FBI records of the drafts Comey prepared as well as other materials related to the OSC probe." (08/31/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/31/fbi-comey-clinton-email-242213

Report: Comey's private memos on Trump conversations contained classified material

Source: The Hill

"More than half of the memos former FBI chief James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents. This revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency’s rules and ignored the same security protocol that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election." (07/09/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/341225-comeys-private-memos-on-trump-conversations-contained-classified

Trump says he doesn't have tapes of Comey conversations

Source: Los Angeles Times

"President Trump chose the day that secretive Senate Republicans released their much-anticipated healthcare bill to finally end some suspense of his own making: No, he hasn't been surreptitiously recording conversations in the White House. In Twitter messages posted just before a scheduled White House news briefing Thursday, the president did not entirely rule out the possibility that recordings of his private conversations — with fired FBI Director James B. Comey or anyone else — exist. But, he wrote, '"I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.'" (06/22/17)

http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-after-building-suspense-trump-says-he-1498151087-htmlstory.html

Full text: James Comey testimony transcript on Trump and Russia

Source: Politico

[editor's note: Instead of trying to pick a story on the topic that's either unbiased — ha! — or matches my own biases, I'm just going to dump the actual transcript on you. I'm sure there will be plenty of commentary over the next few days. If it's opinion you want, find it there instead of getting spoon-fed it as "news" – TLK] (06/08/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/08/full-text-james-comey-trump-russia-testimony-239295

James Comey's "shock and awe" testimony

Source: The Atlantic
by Amy Zegart

"Imagine that two years ago, you sequestered a jury of 12 Americans, kept them in a news-free zone, and brought them today to hear former FBI Director James Comey testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Chances are that all of them — no matter what their political beliefs — would be stunned and outraged. From the perspective of one of these Americans, Comey dropped bombshell after bombshell: The Russians are mucking around in American democratic elections, trying to change how we think, how we act, how we vote—and they will be back. The attorney general cannot be trusted to ensure impartial enforcement of the law. The president fired the FBI director and then lied about why he did it. Yet by the time Comey said these things in an open hearing, all of it was old news. It should have been more shocking than it was, but on some level, Americans were used to it." (06/08/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/06/comey-testimony-fbi/529746/

Anonymous no more

Source: National Review
by Jim Geraghty

"Washington is abuzz with anticipation of former FBI director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday; an open session begins at 10 a.m., followed by a closed session in the afternoon. It will indeed be thrilling and revelatory to hear about a Trump-administration controversy from a named, on-the-record source." (06/05/17)

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448287/james-comey-testimony-trump-russia-investigation

Democratic US Senators asked Comey to probe Sessions for potential perjury

Source: The Hill

"Two Democratic senators asked then-FBI Director James Comey to investigate Attorney General Jeff Sessions amid concerns about his 'lack of candor' regarding conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. 'We are concerned about Attorney General Sessions' lack of candor to the committee and his failure thus far to accept responsibility for testimony that could be construed as perjury,' Sens. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) and Al Franken (Minn.) wrote in a letter to the former FBI director. Franken and Leahy, both members of the Judiciary Committee, sent letters to Comey on March 20 and April 28, and followed up with another to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on May 12." (06/01/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/335921-dem-senators-asked-comey-to-probe-sessions-for-potential-perjury

Clinton supporters try to shift blame for Servergate to, you guessed it, !THEM RUSSIANS!

Source: Washington Post

"A secret document that officials say played a key role in then-FBI Director James B. Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation has long been viewed within the FBI as unreliable and possibly a fake, according to people familiar with its contents. In the midst of the 2016 presidential primary season, the FBI received what was described as a Russian intelligence document claiming a tacit understanding between the Clinton campaign and the Justice Department over the inquiry into whether she intentionally revealed classified information through her use of a private email server. … Current and former officials have said that Comey relied on the document in making his July decision to announce on his own, without Justice Department involvement, that the investigation was over. That public announcement — in which he criticized Clinton and made extensive comments about the evidence — set in motion a chain of other FBI moves that Democrats now say helped Trump win the presidential election." [editor's note: I'm pretty sure !THEM RUSSIANS! stole my car keys, too,
since I can't find them – TLK] (05/25/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/how-a-dubious-russian-document-influenced-the-fbis-handling-of-the-clinton-probe/2017/05/24/f375c07c-3a95-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html