President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice by influencing the Department of Justice, and firing the now former FBI Director James Comey on May 9, 2017. According to NBC, Trump was thinking about the FBIs investigation into contacts between his campaign associates and Russia, which he regarded as “fake news” at the time, and suggested it was a basis for Comey’s firing.
A New York Times report showed that in February, President Trump tried to influence justice by asking then-FBI Director Comey to drop the investigation into Trump’s former national security adviser, Lt. General Michael T. Flynn (Ret.).
Comey In Danger From Day One
A recall of what happened seven days after President Trump was sworn in is a clear indication that he had made plans to influence justice from the very beginning. According to a report, Comey was summoned to the White House for a one-on-one dinner with the newly-elected President Trump in January.
During a conversation as they ate, President Trump asked the former FBI director if he would pledge his loyalty to him; Comey declined to make the pledge. Instead, he told the president that he would always be honest, but not reliable in the conventional political sense.
President Trump repeated the question a second time, telling Comey that he needed his loyalty, to which Comey gave the same answer.
Sequel to what transpired between the President Trump and the former FBI director: In February, Trump asked Comey to shut down investigation into Lt. Gen. Flynn in an Oval Office meeting. His words, confirmed in a memo written by Comey immediately after meeting with President Trump, were:
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, letting Flynn go … He is a good guy, I hope you can let this go.”
Trump also told Comey that Lt. Gen. Flynn had not done anything wrong.
Regardless of Trump’s attempts to influence justice through the conversations between him and Comey, the investigation of Flynn continued, part of which included Flynn’s financial links to Russia and Turkey.
The situation affected the relationship between Comey and President Trump, and made the former FBI director uncomfortable at times.
The End Is Near
President Trump threatened to fire the former FBI Director in an interview with NBCs Lester Holt, calling Comey a “showboat.” He said that the FBI had been in turmoil, and there hadn’t been any changes for about a year now.
He said he was going to fire Comey, regardless of any recommendation.
Comey’s memo, detailing his conversation with President Trump, is a clear indication that Trump tried to influence the Justice Department and the FBI.
President Trump’s appetite for chaos and disregard for the self-protective convention of the presidency has left his staff and associates confused. According to a report from one of his
advisers, Trump is embittered, confused, and has turned against his aides, even his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, calling them “incompetent.”
White House staff members are under an extended siege as Trump has admitted in a briefing that he needed to make a change but doesn’t know which direction to go. The question now is, who is next?
President Trump’s staff is rattled and keeping close tab on meetings.
Is Trump for or against the people, watch out as I bring you update on the effect of Trump’s wrong administration.
Watch this extended interview with NBC to see Trump call Comey a “showboat” – and seem to forget why he said he fired Comey in the first place:
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