Wednesday, June 7, 2017

NYT: FBI Director Comey Asked AG Sessions Don't Leave Me Alone With Trump

The New York Times has reported that a day after Donald Trump asked the former F.B.I. director James Comey to end an investigation into his former national security adviser, Mr. Comey appealed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him not to leave him alone with Trump ever again.

According to current and former law enforcement officials Comey believed Sessions should be trying to protect the F.B.I. from White House influence especially after the director alerted him that private interactions between he and Trump were becoming increasingly inappropriate.

Mr. Sessions reportedly told Comey that he could not guarantee that he could keep Trump away from him or even that he could keep him from trying to talk to Comey alone again.

The times went on to report that director Comey's unwillingness to be alone with the Trump reflected how deep his distrust of him ran.

In addition, Comey believed Trump was deliberately trying to undermine the F.B.I.’s independence as it conducted a highly sensitive investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.

The standard operating procedure of the Justice Department is that it will wall off the White House from criminal investigations to avoid even the appearance of political meddling or impropriety between the two entities.

Showing either a complete lack of understanding for the process or perhaps his disdain for it Trump has repeatedly injected himself in law enforcement matters since the election.

It was reported that director Comey kept detailed memos of every major phone call and/or meeting with Mr. Trump and left them in the bureau’s files when he left. According to people briefed on the memos they have describe then as meticulously detailed to the point where they not only kept track of what Mr. Trump said, but also his tone and where he was sitting.

All of this sets up what is sure to be a riveting day of blockbuster testimony for Mr. Comey who set to speak in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

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