Tuesday, May 16, 2017

OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE! Trump Fired FBI Director Comey After Asking Him To Shut Down The Russia Probe And Comey Refused

The reasons behind Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey becomes all too clear after today's bombshell.

As it turns out Trump's threat of having recorded his and Comey's conversations has become moot in light, through the reporting of several news outfits, that Comey himself kept a contemporaneous record of their conversations.

And contained within those meticulously written and filed records it shows that Donald Trump tried to get director Comey to end the FBI investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The New York Times says Trump made the request of Comey during a February meeting in the Oval Office. Comey reportedly detailed the meeting in a memo, which an associate then shared with the Times.

According to The Washington Post’s account, Comey’s two-page Feb. 14 memo is “highly detailed.” The paper details that those memos were shared with a “very small circle” of FBI and Justice Department officials.

Comey's memo shows Trump's saying something to the effect of...

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.

Upon the release of this information the The White House put out a statement in which they denied the report...

While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn. The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey.

On top of this denial Trump, you'll remember, also denied asking Comey to drop the Russia investigation in the recent Lester Holt interview...

HOLT: Did you ask him to drop the investigation? 
TRUMP: No, never. 
HOLT: Did anyone from the White House... 
TRUMP: No. In fact, I want the investigation speeded up 
HOLT: Did anyone from the White House ask him to -- to end the investigation? 
TRUMP: No, no. Why would we do that? 
HOLT: Any -- any surrogates on behalf of the White House? 
TRUMP: Not that I know of. 

Today's revelation is the latest in a series of damaging news reports that have the White House scrambling to put out the multiple 3 alarm fires.

The fallout from Trump’s abrupt decision to fire Comey 
White House reports that the firing was due to  Comey’s “performance,” and his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server 
The Sally Yates testimony to a Senate panel that she had warned a top Trump official that Flynn was “compromised” and “could essentially be blackmailed” by the Russians. 
Then came Trump's interview with NBC’s Lester Holt in which he alone came to the decision to fire Comey and then cited “the Russia thing” as a consideration before the dismissal. 
That same day, the The New York Times reported that Trump asked Comey to pledge his “loyalty” during a private dinner on Jan. 27 
After that story broke Trump lashed out on Twitter, and implied he had taped his conversations with the then-FBI director. 
Then came the bipartisan calls for Trump to release any tapes that may exist. 
Next The Washington Post reported that Trump had disclosed “highly classified information” about a new plot by the Islamic State group to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. 
Immediately following the revelation Trump all but confirmed the report in a series of tweets proclaiming he has the “absolute right” to disclose any information he pleases, classified or not. 
Then this afternoon it came to light that the administration had received that intelligence from Israel. 
And now the news that Trump had requested the FBI probe be dismantled just days before firing Comey after he did not.

After this avalanche of bombshell revelations of criminal/incompetent activities the specter of impeachment has come to the forefront of the cable news talking points who argue that aside from the rest of the infractions Comey's memo, if accurate, could constitute proof of obstruction of justice by the president.

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