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Why Comey's Testimony Against Trump is Like Listening to Sexual Assault Survivors

14 Juin 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer plans to file a complaint over memos shared by former FBI Director James Comey about his conversations with the president, CNN reported on Friday.

Trump says he's willing to speak with the special counsel investigating Russian government efforts to meddle in the 2016 US election.

Trump lashed out at Comey, dubbing him a "leaker" for indirectly providing reporters with the contents of his memos summarizing their private conversations in the weeks before he was sacked.

During the same press conference, Mr Trump accused Qatar of funding terrorism "at a very high level", and said solving the problem in the gulf nation could be the "beginning of the end of terrorism".

Comey said the FBI "had an investigation open at the time so that gave me a queasy feeling".

On one subject, Comey confirmed that the president is being truthful: Comey did tell him three times that he was not personally under investigation. Comey had discussed the conversation with his associates, who were apparently the sources for an earlier NYT story on May 11, but ... there's no law about discussing a conversation one has with a president, especially without a claim of executive privilege. Mueller's current appointment authority doesn't cover investigation of the FBI or its former director. Perhaps not. Rachel noted on the show last night that the president's outside counsel had a hard day - he made a specific claim about the timeline surrounding FBI Director James Comey's memos, which turned out to be completely wrong - and today doesn't appear to be going any better.

"And there would be nothing wrong if I did say it, according to everybody that I read today".

In a letter, the House intelligence committee asked Comey to submit notes of memorandums that have something to do with his conversations with the president.

But after Trump fired Comey in May, the president tweeted: "Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

AG Jeff Sessions testimony before Senate Intel on Trump-Russia
Sessions says he was there for a speech by then-candidate Donald Trump and members of Sessions' staff were also in attendance. Sessions adds that he has no knowledge of "any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign".

Comey delivered scathing remarks about the president on Thursday at a congressional hearing and testified that Trump had asked him to drop a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into former aide Michael Flynn and his alleged ties to Russian Federation. I mean, I will tell you, I didn't say that.

They separately wrote the White House counsel Don McGahn asking whether the recordings exist, and if so, that they be produced to the committee by June 23. And second, as Richard Painter, the top ethics lawyer in the Bush/Cheney administration, noted this morning, trying to get the Justice Department to target a material witness - in this case, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - only adds to the concerns about Team Trump trying to obstruct justice.

But while Republicans have generally continued to back the president, some have begun openly questioning and criticizing his actions.

Somewhere inside, there must be the feeling most of us harbor of describing, before the entire world, the boss who just did you in.

"It crossed a boundary that the president should not have crossed".

"I took it as, this is what he wants me to do", Comey said on Thursday, referring to his claim that Mr. Trump pressured him to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn's ties with Russian Federation. No, I didn't say that and I didn't say the other.

"I know what I'm doing. I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance'". The question before us is this: If President Trump lied to FBI Director James Comey, should that "lie" lead to impeachment?

Comey testified that he was confused when he heard the president say on television "that he actually fired me because of the Russian Federation investigation, and learned again from the media that he was privately telling other parties that my firing had relieved great pressure on the Russian Federation investigation".