James Comey

When it came out that Michael Flynn had met secretly with Russian Ambassador Kislyak and was being investigated for it, Trump pressured FBI Director James Comey to “let this go”. He ended up firing Comey and admitting in an interview that he did it over the Russia investigation.


James Comey
When the Flynn investigation surfaced, Trump pressured FBI Director Comey to let it go. A key aspect is how Trump cleared the room to get Comey alone.
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James Comey
Trump asked for personal loyalty from Comey. Comey refused but said he’d be honest.
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Obstruction of justice cases require that intent be shown. Trump asking for secrecy on the Flynn case prior to talking to Comey shows this.
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Advisor Don McGahn had advised the President not to talk with Comey or communicate directly with the DOJ.
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Trump lied about clearing the room to talk with Comey, showing he knew it was improper.
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Realizing Flynn was going down, Trump sought to distance himself by getting Flynn’s deputy to lie and say Trump hadn’t directed Flynn to talk to Russians. She refused.

James Comey
Trump bragged to Russian officials about firing Comey, then told NBC’s Lester Holt that he’d fired Comey over Russia.
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James Comey
Comey’s firing led to the Mueller Investigation, and Trump obstructing that investigation. Download / Download in Black/White