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  • Comey's opening statement for tomorrow posted online (official)

    https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/...mey-060817.pdf

    This is via the official senate website. Opening statements are lodged for the record.

    Chairman Burr, Ranking Member Warner, Members of the Committee.
    Thank you for inviting me to appear before you today. I was asked to testify today
    to describe for you my interactions with President-Elect and President Trump on
    subjects that I understand are of interest to you. I have not included every detail
    from my conversations with the President, but, to the best of my recollection, I
    have tried to include information that may be relevant to the Committee.
    The President began by asking me whether I wanted to stay on as FBI Director, which I found strange because he had already told me twice in earlier conversations that he hoped I would stay, and I had assured him that I intended to.

    He said that lots of people wanted my job and, given the abuse I had taken during the previous year, he would understand if I wanted to walk away.


    My instincts told me that the one-on-one setting, and the pretense that this was our first discussion about my position, meant the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship. That concerned me greatly, given the FBI’s traditionally independent status in the executive branch.

    I replied that I loved my work and intended to stay and serve out my ten year term as Director. And then, because the set-up made me uneasy, I added that I was not “reliable” in the way politicians use that word, but he could always count on me to tell him the truth. I added that I was not on anybody’s side politically and could not be counted on in the traditional political sense, a stance I said was in his best interest as the President.

    A few moments later, the President said, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.”

    I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. We simply looked at each other in silence. The conversation then moved on, but he returned to the subject near the end of our dinner.
    I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership. I had understood the President to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December. I did not understand the
    President to be talking about the broader investigation into Russia or possible links to his campaign. I could be wrong, but I took him to be focusing on what had just happened with Flynn’s departure and the controversy around his account of his phone calls. Regardless, it was very concerning, given the FBI’s role as an independent investigative agency.

    The FBI leadership team agreed with me that it was important not to infect the investigative team with the President’s request, which we did not intend to abide.
    On the morning of March 30, the President called me at the FBI. He described the Russia investigation as “a cloud” that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country. He said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia. He asked what we could do to “lift the cloud.” I responded that we were investigating the matter as quickly as we could, and that there would be great benefit, if we didn’t find anything, to our having done the work well. He agreed, but then re-emphasized the problems this was causing him.

    Then the President asked why there had been a congressional hearing about Russia the previous week – at which I had, as the Department of Justice directed, confirmed the investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. I explained the demands from the leadership of both parties in Congress for more information, and that Senator Grassley had even held up the confirmation of the Deputy Attorney General until we briefed him in detail on the investigation. I explained that we had briefed the leadership of Congress on exactly which individuals we were investigating and that we had told those Congressional leaders that we were not personally investigating President Trump. I reminded him I had previously told him that. He repeatedly told me, “We need to get that fact out.” (I did not tell the President that the FBI and the Department of Justice had been reluctant to make public statements that we did not have an open case on President Trump for a number of reasons, most importantly because it would create a duty to correct, should that change.)
    He finished by stressing “the cloud” that was interfering with his ability to make deals for the country and said he hoped I could find a way to get out that he wasn’t being nvestigated. I told him I would see what we could do, and that we would do our investigative work well and as quickly as we could.
    On the morning of April 11, the President called me and asked what I had done about his request that I “get out” that he is not personally under investigation. I replied that I had passed his request to the Acting Deputy Attorney General, but I had not heard back. He replied that “the cloud” was getting in the way of his ability to do his job. He said that perhaps he would have his people reach out to the Acting Deputy Attorney General. I said that was the way his request should be handled. I said the White House Counsel should contact the leadership of DOJ to make the request, which was the traditional channel.

    He said he would do that and added, “Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know.” I did not reply or ask him what he meant by “that thing.” I said only that the way to handle it was to have the White House Counsel call the Acting Deputy Attorney General. He said that was what he would do and the call ended.

    That was the last time I spoke with President Trump.
    • Trump sought assurances of personal loyalty from Comey
    • Comey did indeed tell Trump that there was not a current counterintelligence case against him *specifically*
    • Trump was pressuring Comey to "lift the cloud" of the Russia investigation
    • Trump was pressing Comey to make public statements that he was not under investigation


    And then he fired Comey.

  • #2
    Tomorrow's hearing should be interesting.
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    • #3
      After todays hearing there is nothing left of this story but a dried out turd.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Massena View Post
        Tomorrow's hearing should be interesting.
        Hopefully, since today's was just a bunch of boring nonsense.

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        • #5
          The respectable Mr Trump AKA Tony Soprano
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          • #6
            Originally posted by ThoseDeafMutes View Post
            Trump was pressing Comey to make public statements that he was not under investigation
            Director Comey acknowledged that there was no current investigation of the President.

            I'm kind of curious why the FBI, already having warned the President that the organization would have a duty to report any change (i.e. if an investigation was started), didn't just issue a statement like:

            "At this time, there is no active investigation of the President. Should this status change, the FBI will notify the public at such time."

            That should both fulfill the Presidential request as well as cover their butts.
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            • #7
              And yet today the only publicly known charge of crime - actually resulting in criminal charges - in the overarching 2016 election controversies thus far is for a crackpot Sanders fan for Leaking Classified Documents from the Intel Community.




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              • #8
                Another important snippet from Comey's statement
                January 6 Briefing I first met then-President-Elect Trump on Friday, January 6 in a conference room at Trump Tower in New York. I was there with other Intelligence Community (IC) leaders to brief him and his new national security team on the findings of an IC assessment concerning Russian efforts to interfere in the election. At the conclusion of that briefing, I remained alone with the President-Elect to brief him on some personally sensitive aspects of the information assembled during the assessment. The IC leadership thought it important, for a variety of reasons, to alert the incoming President to the existence of this material, even though it was salacious and unverified. Among those reasons were : (1) we knew the media was about to publicly report the material and we believed the IC should not keep knowledge of the material and its imminent release from the President-Elect; and (2) to the extent there was some effort to compromise an incoming President, we could blunt any such effort with a defensive briefing .

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Admiral View Post
                  And yet today the only publicly known charge of crime - actually resulting in criminal charges - in the overarching 2016 election controversies thus far is for a crackpot Sanders fan for Leaking Classified Documents from the Intel Community.





                  Based on how the MSM has handled the news the past week, I suspect that after Comey reveals nothing, it will be reported that "Comey fails to clear Trump".


                  If Comey couldn't find intent in Hillary's email scandal (when intent was never a part of that crime), it will be interesting to see how he might try to come up with some form of intent in Trump's statement to him about Flynn.


                  And as an aside, there still remains no evidence of the alleged scandal of collusion with the Russians.
                  Not that facts matter in this "scandal".
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Admiral View Post
                    And yet today the only publicly known charge of crime - actually resulting in criminal charges - in the overarching 2016 election controversies thus far is for a crackpot Sanders fan for Leaking Classified Documents from the Intel Community.




                    The other leakers must have been actual Intel types vs the 25 year old linguist.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cambronnne View Post
                      Based on how the MSM has handled the news the past week, I suspect that after Comey reveals nothing, it will be reported that "Comey fails to clear Trump".


                      If Comey couldn't find intent in Hillary's email scandal (when intent was never a part of that crime), it will be interesting to see how he might try to come up with some form of intent in Trump's statement to him about Flynn.


                      And as an aside, there still remains no evidence of the alleged scandal of collusion with the Russians.
                      Not that facts matter in this "scandal".
                      The criminality is immaterial to this. No one really expects charges or impeachment, not rational people at least.

                      It's just one more reveal on President Trumps lack of character and demonstrates his lack of fitness for office. One more step in making him a lame duck in his first year in office.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Combat Engineer View Post
                        The criminality is immaterial to this. No one really expects charges or impeachment, not rational people at least.

                        It's just one more reveal on President Trumps lack of character and demonstrates his lack of fitness for office. One more step in making him a lame duck in his first year in office.


                        Well, if criminality is immaterial, then there is no point to any investigation whatsoever and the MSM has been lying to us for months.

                        The government should not be wasting time on investigations and testimony where criminality is "immaterial".
                        It kind of sounds like the goal posts have moved because Comey isn't expected to say anything of value.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Cambronnne View Post
                            Well, if criminality is immaterial, then there is no point to any investigation whatsoever and the MSM has been lying to us for months.

                            The government should not be wasting time on investigations and testimony where criminality is "immaterial".
                            It kind of sounds like the goal posts have moved because Comey isn't expected to say anything of value.
                            You're mistaking the congressional investigations with the FBI investigations, they are not the same thing. Yes we want all the info that we can on Russian operations against our election process. Yes we want to know if the Presidents campaign had anything to do with it.

                            As to the sentence I bolded simple answer: Benghazi. Millions and millions spent by GOP controlled House and Senate committees. No protest from you are any on the Right.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
                              Not at all. Gives us very interesting information on the mindset and character, or lack of, of our current President. Very damning.
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                              And whether pigs have wings.”
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