According to CNN, a close source of former FBI Director James Comey says the former director is now convinced that President Donald Trump played a huge role in trying to influence his views about the Russian investigation. However, the question remains as to whether the president’s influence adds up to an obstruction of justice.
The source said:
‘You have to have intent in order to obstruct justice in the criminal sense. Intent is hard to prove.’
Leaders of the Senate intelligence committee just announced that the former FBI director will be publicly testifying after Memorial Day. The hearing will focus primarily on whether or not Comey believes Trump tried to intervene in his investigation into Russia.
On Thursday during a news conference, the tweeter-in-Chief contradicted himself as he denied ever asking Comey to stop the investigation, which is currently being handled by new special counsel Robert Mueller.
A source close to Comey says the former director believed the president’s expressions during their conversation said everything about his intentions. At first, he thought he could teach Trump some things on what was appropriate and what was not during their communications.
He quickly realized during their interactions that this President was unteachable and wanted to do things his way instead of following normal protocol. Who would’ve thought?
According to The New York Times, Comey felt it was necessary to set boundaries of appropriate protocol, making it very clear. After Trump asked him to let the public know that he was not being investigated, Comey told the President that should ask the White House counsel if he wanted the details over the bureau’s work.
Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said in a statement:
‘The Committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former director on his role in the development of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media.’
This is going to be interesting.
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