Special Prosecutor appointed to investigate after Comey Memo on Trump

 
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All that and more in today's "Trump fucked up and Russia is somehow involved" thread

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WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo that Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.

The existence of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.

Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. The memo was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation. An F.B.I. agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.

Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey that Mr. Flynn had done nothing wrong, according to the memo.

Mr. Comey did not say anything to Mr. Trump about curtailing the investigation, only replying: “I agree he is a good guy.”

In a statement, the White House denied the version of events in the memo.

“While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” the statement said. “The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”

In testimony to the Senate last week, the acting F.B.I. director, Andrew G. McCabe, said, “There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date.”

A spokesman for the F.B.I. declined to comment.

Mr. Comey created similar memos — including some that are classified — about every phone call and meeting he had with the president, the two people said. It is unclear whether Mr. Comey told the Justice Department about the conversation or his memos.

Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey last week. Trump administration officials have provided multiple, conflicting accounts of the reasoning behind Mr. Comey’s dismissal. Mr. Trump said in a television interview that one of the reasons was because he believed “this Russia thing” was a “made-up story.”

The Feb. 14 meeting took place just a day after Mr. Flynn was forced out of his job after it was revealed he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of phone conversations he had had with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Despite the conversation between Mr. Trump and Mr. Comey, the investigation of Mr. Flynn has proceeded. In Virginia, a federal grand jury has issued subpoenas in recent weeks for records related to Mr. Flynn. Part of the Flynn investigation is centered on his financial ties to Russia and Turkey.

Mr. Comey had been in the Oval Office that day with other senior national security officials for a terrorism threat briefing. When the meeting ended, Mr. Trump told those present — including Mr. Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions — to leave the room except for Mr. Comey.

Alone in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media, saying that Mr. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information, according to one of Mr. Comey’s associates.

Mr. Trump then turned the discussion to Mr. Flynn.

After writing up a memo that outlined the meeting, Mr. Comey shared it with senior F.B.I. officials. Mr. Comey and his aides perceived Mr. Trump’s comments as an effort to influence the investigation, but they decided that they would try to keep the conversation secret — even from the F.B.I. agents working on the Russia investigation — so the details of the conversation would not affect the investigation.

Mr. Comey was known among his closest advisers to document conversations that he believed would later be called into question, according to two former confidants, who said Mr. Comey was uncomfortable at times with his relationship with Mr. Trump.

Mr. Comey’s recollection has been bolstered in the past by F.B.I. notes. In 2007, he told Congress about a now-famous showdown with senior White House officials over the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. The White House disputed Mr. Comey’s account, but the F.B.I. director at the time, Robert S. Mueller III, kept notes that backed up Mr. Comey’s story.

The White House has repeatedly crossed lines that other administrations have been reluctant to cross when discussing politically charged criminal investigations. Mr. Trump has disparaged the ongoing F.B.I. investigation as a hoax and called for an investigation into his political rivals. His representatives have taken the unusual step of declaring no need for a special prosecutor to investigate the president’s associates.

The Oval Office meeting occurred a little more than two weeks after Mr. Trump summoned Mr. Comey to the White House for a lengthy, one-on-one dinner in the residence. At that dinner, on Jan. 27, Mr. Trump asked Mr. Comey at least two times for a pledge of loyalty — which Mr. Comey declined, according to one of Mr. Comey’s associates.

In a Twitter posting on Friday, Mr. Trump said that “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

After the meeting, Mr. Comey’s associates did not believe there was any way to corroborate Mr. Trump’s statements. But Mr. Trump’s suggestion last week that he was keeping tapes has made them wonder whether there are tapes that back up Mr. Comey’s account.

The Jan. 27 dinner came a day after White House officials learned that Mr. Flynn had been interviewed by F.B.I. agents about his phone calls with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak. On Jan. 26, Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates told the White House counsel about the interview, and said Mr. Flynn could be subject to blackmail by the Russians because they knew he had lied about the content of the calls.

Ah, how I enjoy a good news break during my cardio workout. Almost as good as during happy hour with BOGO shots.

Inb4 PSU and the usual users shout things they don't understand.
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I can't wait for the impeachment hearings. Pure comedy gold.


 
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I can't wait for the impeachment hearings. Pure comedy gold.

Oh please. Hill Republicans will sweep this under a rug and hope people forget about it in a month.

Plus Pence wouldn't be nearly as fun to mock


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How is Fox News handling this? For the FBI guy getting fired which was being blamed on the Attorney General, my dad joked that Fox News would be holding out keys ad going "Look at the jingling keys".


 
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How is Fox News handling this? For the FBI guy getting fired which was being blamed on the Attorney General, my dad joked that Fox News would be holding out keys ad going "Look at the jingling keys".

They ran the initial story that the NYTimes did (although more speculative) and posted the White House denial to their Facebook page.


 
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How is Fox News handling this? For the FBI guy getting fired which was being blamed on the Attorney General, my dad joked that Fox News would be holding out keys ad going "Look at the jingling keys".

They ran the initial story that the NYTimes did (although more speculative) and posted the White House denial to their Facebook page.
They also did this (2:00). Denied and interview over the second he mentions Putin. Funny, but makes you wonder about their policy on linking this to Russia.

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How is Fox News handling this? For the FBI guy getting fired which was being blamed on the Attorney General, my dad joked that Fox News would be holding out keys ad going "Look at the jingling keys".

They ran the initial story that the NYTimes did (although more speculative) and posted the White House denial to their Facebook page.
They also did this (2:00). Denied and interview over the second he mentions Putin. Funny, but makes you wonder about their policy on linking this to Russia.

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Special counsel has been appointed by the Justice Department to oversee the investigation in response to the Comey memo and other breaking news.

I'm just gonna keep sipping my tea


 
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Frankly I'm just glad we're getting someone who's independent and thus free of the political conjecture both Republicans and Democrats are going after.

Just shut the fuck up and give me my facts already.


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Just shut the fuck up and give me my facts already.
Good luck with that. I'm sure those that mocked Reagan still won't admit he was a good president.


 
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Just shut the fuck up and give me my facts already.
Good luck with that. I'm sure those that mocked Reagan still won't admit he was a good president.
They made opinions based on the facts they were presented with

that's what I'm asking here, so

keep your Cold War shit away from me you Imperialist Dog.


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Just shut the fuck up and give me my facts already.
Good luck with that. I'm sure those that mocked Reagan still won't admit he was a good president.
They made opinions based on the facts they were presented with

that's what I'm asking here, so

keep your Cold War shit away from me you Imperialist Dog.
Journalism doesn't exist. Anything bad about Trump is fake news and based on conjecture.


 
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Just shut the fuck up and give me my facts already.
Good luck with that. I'm sure those that mocked Reagan still won't admit he was a good president.
They made opinions based on the facts they were presented with

that's what I'm asking here, so

keep your Cold War shit away from me you Imperialist Dog.
Journalism doesn't exist. Anything bad about Trump is fake news and based on conjecture.
Trying too hard


 
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Impeachment when?


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In One are Twelve.
Hopefully after July 1st.

Impeachment when?


 
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reminder that impeachment isn't enough to get him out of office


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reminder that impeachment isn't enough to get him out of office

I am hoping he Nixon's before the hearings.


 
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This is not the greatest sig in the world, no. This is just a tribute.
So is anyone else happy or excited  that that faggot kike Kushner is a POI for this counsel?


 
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So is anyone else happy or excited  that that faggot kike Kushner is a POI for this counsel?
I'm happy more so about Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort. And that one bald headed fuck who was on about some fascist tier rants.


 
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You will find out who you are not a thousand times, before you ever discover who you are. I hope you find peace in yourself and learn to love instead of hate.
So is anyone else happy or excited  that that faggot kike Kushner is a POI for this counsel?
I'm happy more so about Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort. And that one bald headed fuck who was on about some fascist tier rants.
Flynn did nothing wrong you mongoloid. He was a threat to the deep state but with Zog on their side they got rid of him before he could do any damage.


 
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So is anyone else happy or excited  that that faggot kike Kushner is a POI for this counsel?
I'm happy more so about Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort. And that one bald headed fuck who was on about some fascist tier rants.
Flynn did nothing wrong you mongoloid. He was a threat to the deep state but with Zog on their side they got rid of him before he could do any damage.
This post confused me


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So is anyone else happy or excited  that that faggot kike Kushner is a POI for this counsel?
I'm happy more so about Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort. And that one bald headed fuck who was on about some fascist tier rants.
Flynn did nothing wrong you mongoloid. He was a threat to the deep state but with Zog on their side they got rid of him before he could do any damage.
This post confused me
He's saying the Zionists that run the world got rid of them. Always bringing the tinfoil huh?


 
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This is not the greatest sig in the world, no. This is just a tribute.
So is anyone else happy or excited  that that faggot kike (((Kushner))) is a POI for this counsel?
I'm happy more so about Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort. And that one bald headed fuck who was on about some fascist tier rants.
Flynn was already out though.
This is our chance to get that fucking zionist shit out of the white house.


 
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I just want to see a retarded general disgraced and behind bars

is that too much to ask for?


 
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This is not the greatest sig in the world, no. This is just a tribute.
I just want to see a retarded general disgraced and behind bars

is that too much to ask for?
yes


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Seriously though.  How does one forget to declare over half a million dollars worth of speaking engagements and consulting contracts when being nominated to a government job. Also, how was it missed? You would think someone's primary source of income prior to the job would come up.