It’s been a long week of damning revelations regarding the new GOP president. After Trump was caught leaking classified information to Russian diplomats, more disturbing news came as it was revealed that Trump directly asked FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into Trump’s appointee, Michael Flynn, regarding his alleged collusion with the Russian government.
Now, The New York Times reveals even more information to give American citizens pause. According to a breaking news report, Donald Trump also inappropriately called James Comey to request that he say publicly that Trump himself was not under federal investigation.
‘Mr. Comey told the president that if he wanted to know details about the bureau’s investigations, he should not contact him directly but instead follow the proper procedures and have the White House counsel send any inquiries to the Justice Department…Mr. Comey believed he had effectively drawn the line after a series of encounters he had with the president and other White House officials that he felt jeopardized the F.B.I.’s independence. At the time.’
Michael S. Schmidt, the New York Times journalist who reported the story, appeared on MSNBC with Rachel Maddow to answer questions about the story. After Trump made contact with Comey to make the highly inappropriate and possibly illegal request, Schmidt reports that Reince Priebus also contacted Comey to request that he “push back against reports” that Trump was under investigation.
Schmidt also reports that an associate of Comey’s, Ben Wittes, went on the record to say that Comey became uncomfortable with his interactions with Trump, which included a dinner after Trump’s inauguration in which the new president asked Comey to pledge his loyalty. Wittes says that Comey worked to distance the FBI from the White House during the investigation but was pressured to report positively about Trump to the public. Comey refused.
For those refusals to pledge his loyalty to the new administration and spin Trump’s chosen narrative, Comey was fired by Trump on May 9 before spinning an ever-evolving story as to why that happened.
For the full segment of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interviewing journalist Michael Schmidt, see video below:
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