Here is the full text of the letter written Sunday to lawmakers by FBI Director James Comey.In it, Comey says his agency's review of newly discovered emails has not changed his earlier conclusion that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton should not be prosecuted for her handling of classified information while secretary of state.Read more about the FBI's conclusion. … [Read more...] about Read the full text of James Comey’s letter on the new Clinton emails
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In the furor that followed President Donald Trump's surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, many Democrats and members of the media have dubbed Trump's action as "Nixonian," referring to the 37th president who was doomed by the Watergate scandal.But some political experts and veterans of Richard Nixon's administration take issue with the characterization.The embattled Nixon, like Trump a Republican, ultimately resigned as president effective Aug. 9, 1974. Several Arizonans played key roles in the national drama, most notably Richard Kleindienst, who quit as U.S. attorney general on April 30, 1973, and U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater and House Minority Leader John Rhodes, who on Aug. 7, 1974, delivered to Nixon the grim news that he faced all-but-certain impeachment, conviction and removal from office. Trump sacked Comey amid the FBI's investigation of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during last year's presidential election in which … [Read more...] about Is President Donald Trump really acting ‘Nixonian’ in James Comey firing?
WASHINGTON — Just last week, President Trump was on Twitter accusing FBI Director James Comey of being too soft on his election opponent, Hillary Clinton."FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!" Trump tweeted May 2.A week later, Trump sacked Comey — but for the exact opposite reason. Moments after announcing Comey's firing, the White House released a Justice Department letter that claimed Comey had inappropriately disparaged Clinton during the election campaign — and overstepped his bounds in publicly disclosing that he had reopened his investigation into the former secretary of State's emails.Only Trump knows the real reason for Comey's firing.But in his letter to Comey informing him of his dismissal, Trump issued what appeared a Shakespearean protestation: "While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I … [Read more...] about Analysis: James Comey’s firing won’t end election controversy over Russia
James Comey is only the second director in the FBI's storied history to be fired.In the year leading up to his President Trump's abrupt firing on Tuesday, he was at the center of two controversial investigations: the probe into Hillary Clinton's emails, and the ongoing investigation into whether Trump campaign officials colluded with Russia during the election.So how did we get here? Let's take a look back at the key moments of leading up to Comey's recent FBI controversies. June 2013President Obama appointed Comey as the seventh director of the FBI. His career included time in the private sector as well as a tenure as deputy attorney general under President George. W. Bush. Succeeding former FBI Director Robert Mueller, Comey was confirmed by the Senate for a full 10-year-term."I must be out of my mind to be following Bob Mueller,"’ he said at the time. "I don't know if I can fill those shoes, but I know that, however I do, I will be standing … [Read more...] about How did we get here? A timeline of James Comey’s FBI controversies
James Comey, the now former FBI director, became on Tuesday the latest to join the growing list of officials President Trump has fired in the early days of his presidency.Here's a reminder of who else is in the club, in order of their dismissals:Trump's former acting attorney general was a holdover from the Obama administration. Just days into Trump's presidency, Yates was dismissed on January 30 after she refused to defend the first iteration of his travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries."Ms. Yates is an Obama administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration," a statement from the White House said.The former national security adviser was mired in controversy in February after news reports surfaced that he had misled officials, including then-Vice President-elect Pence, about his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn resigned on February 13, less than a week later."Unfortunately, … [Read more...] about James Comey is one of several officials President Trump fired
His government career shaped by unusual public dramas, Comey's public profile rose after he prevented top George W. Bush administration officials in 2004 from persuading a hospitalized Attorney General John Ashcroft to reauthorize a controversial warrantless eavesdropping program. Later, as FBI director, members of both parties criticized him for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. And now, fired abruptly by President Trump, Comey takes the hot seat Thursday to testify publicly for the first time about his conversations with the president and whether he felt pressured to end the investigation into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn.Here's what people have said about the ex-FBI director at key moments in recent years:President Obama, when he nominated Comey in June 2013 to replace Bob Mueller as FBI director: "To know Jim Comey is also to know his fierce independence and his deep integrity. Like Bob, he’s that rarity … [Read more...] about Who has said what about James Comey?
James Comey is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. His final months as FBI director, and weeks since his abrupt dismissal in May, have been mired in controversy. Here's a timeline to help you keep track: June 2013President Obama appointed Comey as the seventh director of the FBI. His career included time in the private sector as well as a tenure as deputy attorney general under President George. W. Bush. Succeeding former FBI Director Robert Mueller, Comey was confirmed by the Senate for a full 10-year-term."I must be out of my mind to be following Bob Mueller,"’ he said at the time. "I don't know if I can fill those shoes, but I know that, however I do, I will be standing truly on the shoulders of a giant." August 2015With the 2016 presidential primaries in full swing, the FBI confirmed it was investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of State. July 1, 2016President … [Read more...] about Ex-FBI director James Comey’s political drama: A timeline
In an apparent threat, President Trump warned now-fired FBI Director James Comey not to leak to the media — implying there may be tapes of their private conversations."James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"It is not known whether Trump tapes his conversations, and White House officials have not responded to inquiries.But the tweet was a clear indication of Trump's defensiveness as the fallout continues from this week's abrupt and controversial firing of Comey, the man who was overseeing an ongoing FBI investigation into whether Trump's campaign associates colluded with Russians seeking to influence the American presidential election.Trump's tweet was one of a flurry of missive Friday morning, that included threats to cancel White House press briefings.In his short termination letter to Comey, Trump made a specific point of mentioning that he "appreciated" how the FBI told him … [Read more...] about Trump implies talks with fired FBI Director James Comey may have been taped
WASHINGTON — In business and now in politics, Donald Trump has proved himself time and again extraordinarily adept at vanquishing all comers.His unlikely path to the White House is littered with would-be political challengers, whom he tattooed with disparaging monikers such as “Lyin' Ted Cruz’’ or “Crooked Hillary.’’ And of course, the real estate mogul is virtually synonymous with the catchphrase, "You're fired!"But by firing the FBI director — who was running an ongoing investigation into possible collusion between his campaign associates and Russia — Trump has unleashed a formidable rival who may finally outdo him.An untethered James Comey is now the single greatest threat to his young administration.Explosive revelations that Comey maintained secret files of his encounters with Trump, including a February meeting in which the president pressed Comey to shut down the FBI investigation of former national … [Read more...] about Analysis: ‘You’re fired’ may backfire. Untethered James Comey now Trump’s greatest threat
WASHINGTON – President Trump pressed James Comey to shut down the agency's inquiry into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, said a person who has reviewed the notes the now-fired FBI director took of the unusual encounter.Trump asked to meet with Comey alone, following a February national security briefing involving Vice President Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said the person who is not authorized to comment publicly."I hope you can let this go,'' Trump told Comey in the White House meeting according to the person.It was an apparent reference to the bureau’s counterintelligence inquiry into possible collusion between Trump campaign associates — including Flynn — and Russian officials accused of seeking to influence the presidential election. The incident was first reported Tuesday by the The New York Times.Trump abruptly fired Comey last week, in a move Democratic lawmakers decried as an attempt to short-circuit the Russia … [Read more...] about Trump pressed James Comey to close FBI inquiry into former adviser Michael Flynn