A US Department of Justice report accuses ex-director of the FBI James Comey of being ‘insubordinate’ but not politically biased. The way Comey handled the Hillary Clinton probe caused damage to the bureau and marred the Justice Department’s image of impartiality. The report also revealed Comey used a private email to conduct FBI business.
Jeff Sessions was under the public eye on Tuesday in his highly fueled testimonial hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He began the testimony with, “I have never met with or had any conversations with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States,” setting the tone for the rest of the nearly 3 hour session. Sessions, during the testimony, repeatedly refused to talk about discussions he had with Donald Trump regarding the Russia investigation or Comey’s firing. Sessions argued that it was a longtime practice not to disclose confidential conversations with the president that would potentially be subject to executive privilege, but many senators argued that was not legal basis to avoiding their questions. Sessions outright denied any suggestion of Russian collusion in his testimony.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be subjected to questioning regarding the firing of FBI Director James Comey and undeclared meetings with Russian officials at a U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday, it is still unknown whether the hearing will be public or private. Democrats are pushing towards a public hearing.
Yesterday President Trump revealed that he does not actually possess any recordings of past conversations with the former FBI Director Comey. The White House stayed off camera and did not allow live coverage of their news briefing. Trump also said that he did not obstruct the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The Senate Intelligence Committee released the testimony of former FBI director James Comey, telling in detail 5 out of 9 accounts of his interactions with Donald Trump. Comey had privately told Attorney General Jeff Sessions of his unwillingness to be left alone with Trump, after he pressured him to end the Michael Flynn probe, reflecting how deeply Comey distrusted Trump. The early release of his testimony gives the White House some time to prepare. Thursday at 10 am, Comey is scheduled to testify in court with live coverage of the event hosted by multiple news sources.
At a private dinner in January, Trump had requested Comey pledge his loyalty to him but Comey refused. This may have been one of the key factors leading to why he was fired. One thing Trump may not have understood was that congress had passed a law in the 1970’s which gave directors of the FBI 10 year terms to outrun the president, meaning they were independent from the president and had no reason to be politically loyal to anyone. Trump has alleged that there are tapes of recorded conversations between the two of them and now both parties, Republicans, and Democrats agree that if Trump has the tapes he should turn them over to congress.
Trump has also come to light threatening to cancel all of his White House press briefings because “it is not possible” for his staff to be “perfectly accurate” when they address the American Public. This is due to a number of misleading statements being made in press briefings by his staff. He suggested offering written statements so no inaccuracies were made and so there are generally fewer misunderstandings.
Jeff Sessions is next in line to testify regarding the Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential Campaign and it will be public. Sessions will face some tough questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. A spokeswoman from the Justice Department said that a public setting was more ideal because “he believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him.”
In what can only be called the biggest testimony in recent US political history, on Thursday, the former FBI Director, James Comey, testified against the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding his previous interactions with President Trump. Comey stated that he found it necessary to document his meetings with Trump, saying “I was honestly concerned that he would lie about the nature of our meetings, so I found it important to document.” James Comey dropped a bombshell when asked whether the president was trying to obstruct justice, he implied that the special council is looking into whether Trump broke the law by asking the then FBI Director to dial back an ongoing investigation.
Former FBI Director, James Comey, is scheduled to testify before Congress in a highly anticipated hearing on Thursday. This will be Comey’s first public discussion of the events that led to his dismissal. Trump has not tried to block Comey’s testimony according to White House officials, if the President had he may have been able to use his executive privilege but there is no knowing whether the Congress would dismiss that notion. Thursday’s testimony will reveal more information about Trump discussions.
Fired FBI director James Comey plans to testify publicly in the Senate as early as next week to confirm bombshell accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into a top Trump aide’s ties to Russia, a source close to the issue said Wednesday. Comey is expected to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia during last year’s presidential election.