No ‘gotcha Trump’ bombshells in former FBI director Comey’s statement to Senate Committee

This afternoon, former FBI Director James Comey released his prepared statement ahead of his much-anticipated appearance tomorrow before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

His 7-page “Statement for the Record – Senate Select Committee on Intelligence – June 8, 2017” can be read here.

Comey’s statement is sure to disappoint those on the Left who have been salivating, having convinced themselves that the statement would be a “gotcha” on President Trump.

As summarized by ZeroHedge, the key highlights of Comey’s statement include:

(1) As President Trump has said, Comey had assured him he is not personally under investigation by the FBI:

“…prior to the January 6 meeting, I discussed with the FBI’s leadership team whether I should be prepared to assure President-Elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally. That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him. We agreed I should do so if circumstances warranted. During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on President-Elect Trump’s reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the question, I offered that assurance.”

In fact, Comey cautioned Trump not to request the FBI to investigate the totally untrue “Russian hooker dossier” that former British spy Chris Steele had concocted on Trump, for the express reason that such an investigation would “create a narrative” that the FBI was investigating Trump personally:

“The President and I had dinner on Friday, January 27 at 6:30 pm in the Green Room at the White House…. During the dinner, the President returned to the salacious material I had briefed him about on January 6, and, as he had done previously, expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied them. He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn’t happen. I replied that he should give that careful thought because it might create a narrative that we were investigating him personally, which we weren’t, and because it was very difficult to prove a negative. He said he would think about it and asked me to think about it.”

(2) Comey documented his conversations with Trump in memos, which he did not do with Obama:

“I felt compelled to document my first conversation with the President-Elect in a memo. To ensure accuracy, I began to type it on a laptop in an FBI vehicle outside Trump Tower the moment I walked out of the meeting. Creating written records immediately after one-on-one conversations with Mr. Trump was my practice from that point forward. This had not been my practice in the past…. As was my practice for conversations with President Trump, I wrote a detailed memo about the dinner immediately afterwards and shared it with the senior leadership team of the FBI….

I spoke alone with President Obama twice in person (and never on the phone) – once in 2015 to discuss law enforcement policy issues and a second time, briefly, for him to say goodbye in late 2016. In neither of those circumstances did I memorialize the discussions. I can recall nine one-on-one conversations with President Trump in four months – three in person and six on the phone.”

(3) On Mike Flynn:

“On February 14, I went to the Oval Office for a scheduled counter- terrorism briefing of the President.

When the door by the grandfather clock closed, and we were alone, the President began by saying, ‘I want to talk about Mike Flynn.’ Flynn had resigned the previous day. The President began by saying Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong in speaking with the Russians, but he had to let him go because he had misled the Vice President. He added that he had other concerns about Flynn, which he did not then specify.

The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, ”He is a good guy and has been through a lot.’ He repeated that Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President. He then said, ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.’ I replied only that ‘he is a good guy.’ (In fact, I had a positive experience dealing with Mike Flynn when he was a colleague as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency at the beginning of my term at FBI.) I did not say I would ‘let this go.’

The President then returned briefly to the problem of leaks. I then got up and left out the door by the grandfather clock, making my way through the large group of people waiting there, including Mr. Priebus and the Vice President.

I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with senior FBI leadership.”

(4) On loyalty:

“The President and I had dinner on Friday, January 27 at 6:30 pm in the Green Room at the White House…. 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.

At one point, I explained why it was so important that the FBI and the Department of Justice be independent of the White House. I said it was a paradox: Throughout history, some Presidents have
decided that because ‘problems’ come from [Department of] Justice, they should try to hold the Department close. But blurring those boundaries ultimately makes the problems worse by undermining public trust in the institutions and their work.
Near the end of our dinner, the President returned to the subject of my job, saying he was very glad I wanted to stay, adding that he had heard great things about me from Jim Mattis, Jeff Sessions, and many others. He then said, ‘I need loyalty.’ I replied, ‘You will always get honesty from me.’ He paused and then said, ‘That’s what I want, honest loyalty.’ I paused, and then said, ‘You will get that from me.’ As I wrote in the memo I created immediately after the dinner, it is possible we understood the phrase ‘honest loyalty’  differently, but I decided it wouldn’t be productive to push it further. The term – honest loyalty – had helped end a very awkward conversation and my explanations had made clear what he should expect.”

(5) The “cloud” and the last conversation:

“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….

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.”

From the above, President Trump clearly was disturbed that Comey and the FBI had not made clear to the media that Trump is not being personally investigated for Russia or hookers or anything — which he isn’t. That might have impressed Trump as Comey’s lack of “loyalty”.

In the last analysis, it is the President who appoints and nominates the FBI Director, and it is the President who has the prerogative to fire his FBI Director.

~Eowyn

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12 responses to “No ‘gotcha Trump’ bombshells in former FBI director Comey’s statement to Senate Committee

  1. I am aware of Comey’s long & profitable service to the Clintons, so I can never believe that he isn’t still in servitude to them and ALWAYS will be; he knows the penalty for disservice is death –or worse– as in the threats made to my recently departed friend Dr Tom OBrien, the Clinton’s first major financial advisor & consultant.

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  2. Self centered, arrogant Comey is a viper, waiting for the moment to strike and inject a lethal dosis. I can only hope his own words finish his career entirely? Comey is from the same extract as Killary, Mustafa Obama and the rest, they are for themselves only.

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  3. Kevin J Lankford

    Listening to the hearings this morning (which seems to be playing on every major media to insure every one possible can be brain washed) I could hardly be more disgusted. Every one did their utmost to pander to comey,
    filling the air with nonsense of their trust and admiration of comey and his unquestionable honesty and integrity.

    comey is no more honorable than the rest of the players in the soap opera. It is clear they mean to condemn Trump, just on lies, innuendo, and spin doctoring.

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  4. Democrats must be heartbroken…

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  5. Slithering Comey leaves answers up in the air to let us wonder….. the knife on the back and does not pull out to let th victims in pain and bleed to death, how cruel, snake in the grass beware!

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    • ……and so President Donald J. Trump will continue to be THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  6. So when will the commies finally get around to the mass suicide protest?

    LOL – It can’t come soon enough for me.

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  7. I noted that the presstitutes were carrying stories on how Trump could use executive privilege to block Comey testifying and kept making this point over and over. It seems to me they were trying to get Trump to take the bait and block Comey because it’d make Trump look bad and cover their lying asses since Comey has nothing except evidence of his own criminality but Trump was like go ahead and testify, you got nothing.

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  8. I was just reminded that asking Flynn about Russia isn’t the important question to ask, he should be asked about his business dealings with Erdogan’s Turkey. In this respect Flynn is more like an unregistered foreign agent of that shariah paradise, Turkey. Funny how no mention is made of his multitude of representations of Turkey he alone will stand or fall over, but he was an avenue to attack trump, as well as being interested in pizzagate being exposed, alongside his son, so the nwo had to get rid of him.

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  9. If there were ‘tapes’ why would Come feel compelled to leak his memo? Wouldn’t the tapes yield what was said and what wasn’t.

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  10. They are straw grasping if they think it was wrong to request loyalty. He wants someone who is loyal, someone who is also responsive about false rumors and media frenzy manipulation. President Trump was not asking too much. He was the FBI Director’s boss. Not the other way around.

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