President Trump's sudden decision to fire FBI Director James Comey raises many questions about the timing and how it will affect the FBI's most sensitive investigations. CBS News justice correspondent Jeff Pegues and John Dickerson, CBS News chief Washington correspondent and moderator of "Face the Nation," analyzed the timing of Mr. Trump's decision to fire Comey Tuesday evening. Reaction pours in over sudden firing of FBI Director Comey The dismissal comes as Comey was leading the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and Pegues says the probe is still "midstream." "That's why this move is stunning, and there's really no other way to describe it. It's the timing that is important here. This is an investigation that is being conducted by the FBI's counterintelligence unit, it is very secretive and confined to that division of the FBI. To make this change in midstream raises questions about the direction of the investigation and … [Read more...] about Why was FBI Director James Comey fired now?
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WASHINGTON -- The FBI is investigating meddling by the Russians in the U.S. election and whether anyone on the Trump team colluded with them. Former FBI Director James Comey was heading that investigation, so does firing him put the president in legal jeopardy? Within hours of President Trump's tape tweet, a pair of top Democrats had sent a letter to the White House counsel, requesting "copies of all recordings regarding this matter." "The president's actions this morning," they warned, "raise the specter of possible intimidation and obstruction of justice." They're just the latest Democrats to suggest that the president broke the law. "There may be a cover-up," Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, said in a press conference. "He may be obstructing justice," Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said. "President Trump has fired this guy because the dragnet's tightening in the Russia investigation," Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, said. The U.S. criminal code defines obstruction of justice as … [Read more...] about Does firing James Comey put Trump in legal jeopardy?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Joan Vennochi Globe Columnist March 20, 2017 Who did more to hurt Hillary Clinton’s quest to become president and help Donald Trump’s — Vladimir Putin or FBI director James Comey?That question looms over Comey, as he confirmed Monday an FBI investigation into possible interference in the 2016 elections by the Russians — including “any links between the individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government.”It was unusual, said Comey, for the FBI to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation. But in this case, he said, it’s in the public interest to do so. Yet Comey also told members of the House Intelligence Committee he couldn’t provide any details of the ongoing investigation, because “we need to protect people’s privacy.” Advertisement Compare that with the … [Read more...] about James Comey and the ‘Hillary standard’
Former FBI Director James Comey called out President Trump on Saturday for celebrating the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe — and said the American people can judge for themselves who is on the right side of history. “Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not,” Comey tweeted. Comey, dismissed by the President last May, is readying for the release of his new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.” The tome hits stores on April 17. Trump hailed McCabe’s firing as a “great day for democracy” and continued to paint the bureau as biased. “(T)here was tremendous leaking, lying and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, Justice & State” Trump tweeted on Saturday. McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions ahead of the release of an inspector general's report which is expected to show he … [Read more...] about James Comey calls out Trump after Andrew McCabe firing
Clinton insider Lanny Davis said he agrees with President Donald Trump that ex-FBI Director James Comey should have been fired, but he has different reasons than the president did. "I think he should have been fired because he thinks he gets to choose which rules to follow and which rules not," Davis, a friend of Hillary Clinton's who became special counsel to former President Bill Clinton when he was in office, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends." "Why? Because is he a narcissist who gets to decide who is right and who is wrong rather than following the rules." However, Trump fired Comey "because he was troubled about the Russian investigator," said Davis, "and I think that was the wrong reason." Davis was on the morning program to promote his new book "The Unmaking of the President 2016," in which he claims Comey cost Clinton the 2016 race. Davis noted that Clinton was ahead in a RealClearPolitics poll by 5.9 percent on the morning of Oct. 28, 2016, but then Comey released his … [Read more...] about Lanny Davis Agrees: Trump Should Have Fired James Comey
An FBI agent who conservatives claim is out to take down President Trump also helped draft a letter that damaged Hillary Clinton’s campaign, according to a new report. Peter Strzok, a counterintelligence agent who led the FBI investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server before he joined special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, called Trump an “idiot” and “enormous douche” in text messages he sent to FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Strzok was removed from Mueller’s team last summer after the texts emerged, but that didn’t stop Republicans from arguing the Russia investigation is tainted with bias against Trump. A new report from CNN reveals Strzok co-wrote an earlier draft of a letter that former FBI director James Comey sent to Congress on Oct. 28, 2016. The letter announced the FBI would reopen the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server after additional emails were found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. … [Read more...] about FBI agent who criticized Trump drafted Comey letter: report
WASHINGTON Former FBI Director James Comey will teach an ethical leadership course for his alma mater, Virginia’s College of William & Mary, starting in the fall, the school announced Friday. Comey, who was dismissed as director of the FBI by President Donald Trump in May 2017, was named an executive professor in education at William & Mary on Friday. School officials said he will teach ethical leadership during the fall 2018, spring 2019 and summer 2019 semesters with Drew Stelljes, an executive assistant professor of education and assistant vice president for student leadership at William & Mary. “Our students will benefit significantly from his experience and wisdom,” William & Mary President Taylor Reveley said in a news release. “He understands to the core of his being that our leaders must have an abiding commitment to ethical behavior and sacrificial service if we are to have good government.” The course will be taught … [Read more...] about James Comey to teach ethical leadership course at College of William & Mary
Brennan Weiss, provided by Published 1:50 pm, Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Alex Wong/Getty On Wednesday, the FBI released a memo the FBI's then-acting director, Andrew McCabe, sent staff following the firing of James Comey. In the memo, McCabe said everyone in the agency "misses" Comey and that they would "get through this together." Comey's firing was a watershed moment in the early months of Trump's presidency. memo then-acting Director Andrew McCabe sent the agency's staff shortly after President Donald Trump abruptly fired James Comey last year. In the memo, McCabe attempted to boost the morale of the agency's employees and admitted how difficult it was for the agency to adjust to an FBI without Comey. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Motorcyclist being tailed by police crashes in North Side mysa San Antonio's Confluence Park seen from the sky mysa Woman hit by driver after running into North Side street mysa Mayor and … [Read more...] about ‘Hang in there’: The FBI’s deputy director sent an emotional memo to staff days after James Comey was fired
A White House lawyer afraid of what Donald Trump might do falsely led him to believe that Presidents can't fire FBI directors, according to a report. The explosive claim, conveyed to the New York Times by multiple people with knowledge of the matter, seemingly confirms reports that some aides withhold information from Trump because they're scared of what he might do. The lawyer, Uttam Dhillon, who's a deputy to chief White House counsel Don McGahn, made the false assessment after Trump openly began talking about wanting to fire former FBI Director James Comey last spring. Trump had become frustrated with Comey after he publicly revealed that the Justice Department was looking into links between his campaign and the Russian government. Dhillon, sources told The Times, was convinced that the presidency would suffer tremendously if Comey got fired, so he told Trump that it was beyond presidential power to boot him. FBI official changed Comey's description in Clinton email scandal … [Read more...] about Lawyer led Trump to falsely believe he couldn’t fire James Comey
Former FBI Director James Comey, whose firing became one of the most important stories of 2017, said goodbye to the year with a parting shot at his old boss. “Here's hoping 2018 brings more ethical leadership, focused on the truth and lasting values. Happy New Year, everybody,” he posted on Twitter Sunday evening. Comey was fired in May, and testified in June that President Trump asked for his loyalty and had told him to go easy on disgraced National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in the FBI’s investigation into alleged Russian election meddling. The President, who could conceivably face obstruction of justice charges for such actions, has denied ever doing so. Michael Flynn's brother asks Trump to pardon his sibling in tweet While Comey did not mention Trump directly in his end of the year missive, the tweet follows in a series of messages where the lawman comments on current affairs without naming names. After Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI … [Read more...] about James Comey hopes for ‘ethical leadership’ in 2018