Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Comey Memos Released By Justice Department

Comey Memos Released By Justice Department

"I don't think so!" he exclaimed.

Trump has often publicly criticized Comey since firing him, but escalated his attacks in response to the book. The broad outlines of the memos have already been revealed by Comey in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee past year.

Memos leaked by previous FBI Director James Comey consist of advice that is now thought classified, prompting the Justice Department's watchdog to critique the situation, the WallStreet Journal noted Friday, citing people knowledgeable about the issue. "Really, does everybody know what that means?" he tweeted.

Flynn later pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his pre-inaugural contacts with Russian Federation ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn is now cooperating with prosecutors.

James Comey and President Donald Trump seem to disagree on most everything, but the ex-FBI director's memos show consensus on at least thing: the need to hunt down leakers.

Comey recounts how Trump at a private White House dinner pointed his fingers at his head and complained that Flynn "has serious judgment issues" over failing to promptly alert him to Putin's call shortly after his inauguration.

The memos were the basis for Comey's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee a year ago, when he accused the president of trying to shut down an investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"There were no prostitutes; there were never prostitutes", Comey recalled Trump saying in one of the memos. Just days after Trump fired Comey, the president said he did it because of "this Russian Federation thing". Comey said he considered the memos personal rather than government documents. Comey laughed as he walked out of the room, according to the memo. Mr Trump strongly denies Mr Comey's account.

President Donald Trump is defending his former national security adviser after the release of memos written by fired FBI Director James Comey.

The disagreement involves conflicting recollections about a conversation the two men had after an October 2016 Wall Street Journal story about an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation. What struck him most, Comey told ABC, was that the conversation moved straight into a public relations mode, what they could say and how they could position Trump. "I was a fan of pursuing leaks aggressively but that going after reporters was tricky, for legal reasons and because (the Justice Department) tends to approach it conservatively".

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