Martes, 19 Junio, 2018

I tried to ask Comey 'the most critical questions — Stephanopoulos

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S.
Eleena Tovar | 16 Abril, 2018, 12:37

The former FBI Director said that he was "actually nervous" to meet Trump in person.

Instead, Comey says he believes that Trump is morally unfit for what he calls treating women "like pieces of meat", lying constantly about matters big and small and insisting that people believe it, and seeing a moral equivalence of demonstrators and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The book adheres closely to Comey's public testimony and written statements about his contacts with Trump and his growing concern about Trump's integrity. Then the conversation turned to the loss more than two decades ago of his infant son, Collin Edward Comey, to a treatable infection that a doctor and a hospital failed to diagnose. "I don't know... These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a president of the United States, but it's possible". "It always struck me, and still strikes me, as unlikely, and I would have been able to say with high confidence about any other president I dealt with, but I can't - it's possible". But, he acknowledged, "I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I'm sure that it was a factor".

Trump was originally meant to spend the weekend in South America, attending a leaders summit in Peru and sitting for bilateral talks in Colombia.

The White House had developed a plan alongside the Republican National Committee to rebut the claims in Comey's book and impugn Comey's character, including launching a "Lyin' Comey" website and distributing talking points to surrogates.

It was the passage he struggled most to read when he recorded the audio edition of his book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, which will be published Tuesday by Flatiron. "Trump said he had made the decision based on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein, as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions".

He says there's "certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice", though he notes that he's just a witness in the case and not an investigator or prosecutor.

Comey's televised remarks, coupled with the release of his forthcoming book, offer his version of events surrounding his firing and the investigations into Russian election meddling and Hillary Clinton's email practices. Mueller's probe has expanded to include whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey. He writes that then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly - now Trump's chief of staff - offered to quit out of disgust at how Comey was dismissed.

Comey also writes extensively about his first meeting with Trump after the election, a briefing in January 2017 at Trump Tower in New York City.

"I don't think he's medically unfit to be president".

Fired FBI director James Comey gave an in-depth interview to ABC News that was broadcast on Sunday night.

In the interview, Mr Comey said he was unsure whether or not the Russians have compromising material that could be used to blackmail Mr Trump - either relating to his pre-election personal conduct, or his campaign's actions. On previous foreign trips, Trump has remained largely quiet on Twitter.

Trump has slammed the dossier as fake and a disgrace.

It was recorded last Monday at Comey's home in suburban Washington.

He also reveals new details about how the government had unverified classified information that he believes could have been used to cast doubt on Attorney General Loretta Lynch's independence in the Clinton probe.

Comey said he believed from the outset in the credibility of the source, former a British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.

It was a test page of insults and rebuttals, a see-what-sticks strategy for a President who finds himself under increasing siege amid multiple investigations and legal battles.

Comey said his first thought while reading the letter was, "That's crazy".