James Comey and the Revenge of Washington's Professional Class

Amos Gonzales
May 18, 2017

As for Comey, whom Trump fired last week, the FBI director wrote in a memo after a February meeting at the White House that the new president had asked him to shut down the FBI's investigation of Flynn and his Russian contacts, said a person who had read the memo.

The fact that the president apparently said he "hoped" Comey would end the Flynn investigation rather than more directly ordering it "makes for a weaker but still viable case", said Christopher Slobogin, a criminal law professor at Vanderbilt University Law School. The west MI libertarian never endorsed Trump and was a driving force in rejecting an early version of a health care reform bill, a move that led to discussions of his being potentially targeted for defeat next year by the White House.

The health care bill was eventually retooled and passed the House with Amash's support.

Trump, who has largely dismissed any impact Russian involvement may have had, fired Comey last week even as the FBI was investigating both Russian efforts to sway the election and possibly links to the Trump campaign.

Former Congressman and Reagan administration official David McIntosh said that regarding former FBI Director James Comey's "memo" or notes of a conversation he had with President Trump, the president "acted appropriately if he gave guidance" to Comey "on an investigation".

"The memo is powerful evidence of obstruction of justice and certainly merits immediate and prompt investigation by an independent special prosecutor", he said. Comey then purportedly wrote down the conversation in a memo.

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He added that obstruction of justice usually involves a judicial or congressional proceeding, and pointed out there was none present when the supposed conversation between Comey and Trump took place.

Flynn left his post in February after media reports that he misled the vice president about his contacts with Russian Federation. "I hope you can let this go", Comey says Trump told him, while describing Flynn as a "decent man". His national security and foreign policy staff have been spending much of their time planning for his coming eight-day trip to the Middle East and Europe - his first major overseas trip as President, and an opportunity, they thought, to reset the narrative of his presidency after the controversy of Mr Comey's sudden dismissal last week.

Warner, the top Democrat of the Senate's Russian Federation investigation, would not say if Comey had accepted the committee's invitation - sent Wednesday - but said he was confident Comey will appear. In January, Trump reportedly sought a pledge of loyalty from Comey and failed to obtain it.

The top Democrat on a key House oversight panel says Speaker Paul Ryan "has shown he has zero appetite for any investigation of President Trump".

If true, it could mean devastating consequences for the president, said Gergen, who served under Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, both of whom faced the impeachment process. He said he would give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week and then "if we need a subpoena, we'll do it". That report might have helped tip the scales in favor of naming a special counsel for the investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, which also came Wednesday. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., a former US attorney.

Democrats pointed out that Ryan had called for Democrat Hillary Clinton to be denied classified briefings after Comey concluded past year that she was careless in how she handled classified information over her email accounts. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, on Wednesday said the committee planned to invite Comey to testify during a public hearing next week.

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