James Comey Statement to the Senate

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June 7, 2017 (WASHINGTON) James Comey has released a public statement, to be read in the morning to the US Senate Committee. This statement has some significant jewels. Among them that he briefed the then President -Elect Donald Trump on the Steele Dossier that was released soon after.

Significant in that part of the statement is that Comey feared the new administration would fear they were coming into power under the shadow of a counter-intelligence operation.  In the statement Comey explained the role of these investigations as follows:

The FBI uses that understanding to disrupt those efforts. Sometimes disruption takes the form of alerting a person who is targeted for recruitment or influence by the foreign power. Sometimes it involves hardening a computer system that is being attacked. Sometimes it involves “turning” the recruited person into a double-agent, or publicly calling out the behavior with sanctions or expulsions of embassy-based intelligence officers. On occasion, criminal prosecution is used to disrupt intelligence activities.

On January 6, Comey did assure Trump that he was not a target of this investigation at the time. He also added that from that moment on, he documented every meeting with Trump, which he did not do with former President Barack Obama.

The January 27 dinner also generated a concern from the former director, which is that the president intended to have a patronage relationship. This would put at risk the independent of the agency. During that dinner, Comey was told, ““I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.”

On February 14, the matter of General Mike Flynn came up. Comey wrote the following, which will be the nut of the issue. Was there obstruction of justice:

The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, “He is a good guy and has been through a lot.” He repeated that Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President. He then said, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” I replied only that “he is a good guy.” (In fact, I had a positive experience dealing with Mike Flynn when he was a colleague as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency at the beginning of my term at FBI.) I did not say I would “let this go.”

The hearing in the morning will be an open session, carried by all channels.

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