Last Updated Jun 7, 2017 4:43 PM EDT Former FBI Director James Comey will say in public testimony Thursday that President Trump asked him to "lift the cloud" over him and the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Comey's seven-page opening statement, released Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee at Comey's request on the eve of his hearing, reveals key details about his interactions -- a total of nine in-person meetings and phone calls -- with Mr. Trump since early January. Comey wrote memos about each of those interactions, a step he did not take with Mr. Trump's predecessor for the two conversations he had with former President Obama. The former FBI director will confirm earlier reports that Mr. Trump asked that Comey drop the FBI's investigation into former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, a day after his resignation, and Comey will also confirm that the president requested a pledge of loyalty. Comey told Trump in … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo James Comey testimony: Trump asked Comey to say he wasn’t being investigated
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Last Updated Jun 8, 2017 1:01 PM EDT Fired FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday about his interactions with President Trump and his role in investigating potential Russian interference in the presidential election. In prepared remarks released by the committee Wednesday, Comey offered a detailed account of his conversations with the president before his abrupt May 9 firing and the contemporaneous memos he created from them. Comey wrote in the remarks that he spoke directly with Mr. Trump a total of nine times -- three times in person and six times over the phone. According to the prepared remarks, Comey "felt compelled" to keep contemporaneous notes after each conversation, the first of which occurred before Mr. Trump took office.The private interactions between Mr. Trump and Comey are laid out in explicit detail in Comey's testimony. In one conversation, Mr. Trump told him, "I need loyalty. I expect loyalty," according to Comey's … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo A timeline of James Comey and President Trump
Last Updated May 10, 2017 9:19 PM EDT Former FBI Director James Comey met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last week to request more "resources, energy and attention" for the Russian investigation, a U.S. official confirmed to CBS News. Comey then met with the two leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee -- Sens. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia -- on Monday and informed them about his request to Rosenstein. A Justice Department spokesman said that the report about Comey requesting more resources "is totally false." This development comes a day after President Trump fired Comey in a shocking move. In a letter to Comey, the president said that he accepted the recommendation from the attorney general and deputy attorney general that Comey be "terminated and removed from office." "While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo James Comey asked DOJ for more resources for Russia investigation
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?
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?