Memos former FBI director James Comey says he kept of interactions between him and President Trump were released Thursday night.
1. Comey: CNN Wants A News Hook To Publish The Steele Dossier
On page two of the document, Comey writes that he warned Trump that CNN and other media outlets had obtained a copy of the infamous Steele dossier and were waiting for a news hook to cover it. Shortly after this meeting took place, CNN broke the news that Comey had briefed Trump on this dossier — which was funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee and is full of salacious and unverified information. Comey’s briefing of Trump itself formed the excuse outlets took to report the dossier’s contents. Coincidental?
2. Comey May Have Leaked Classified Information To Spin Media Coverage
Throughout the memos are redactions and notes stating that certain bits of information within the memos are classified. Yet while testifying before Congress last June, Comey admitted that he gave some of the memos to a friend, with the instructions to leak it to a reporter in order to force a special counsel to be appointed. In other words, Comey may have leaked classified information to a friend in order to facilitate news coverage in his favor and instigate an endless internal investigation of the Trump administration.
3. Comey Joked That Leakers’ Heads Should Be Put On A Spike
Ironically, during a conversation the two had in February, 2017, Comey quipped to Trump that leakers should have their heads put on a spike, according to page 11 of Comey’s memos.
4. Comey Told Trump He Was Not Being Investigated
On page 13 of the memo, Comey told Trump in March 2017 that he was not being investigated. Comey told Trump he had reiterated that to Congress, to which Trump asked if there was a way to let the public know that he was not the subject of the investigation. Comey did not, which led to his firing.
5. Trump Pleaded With Comey To Find Out If Any Campaign Associates Had Colluded With Russia
On page 13 of the memos, Trump told Comey that if someone connected to his campaign did anything to collude with Russian officials, that it “would be good to find out.”
Trump then stated he “hadn’t done anything” with the Russians, and asked the former FBI director if there was a way he could let the public know that he was not under investigation himself.
In a statement released Thursday night, Reps. Devin Nunes (R-Ca.), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) essentially called Comey a political hack for his double standards between the Obama and Trump administrations.
“Comey has at least two different standards in his interactions with others,” the statement reads. “He chose not to memorialize conversations with President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, Secretary Clinton, Andrew McCabe or others, but he immediately began to memorialize conversations with President Trump.”
“These memos also lay bare the notion that former Director Comey is not motivated by animus,” the statement continues. “He was willing to work for someone he deemed morally unsuited for office, capable of lying, requiring of personal loyalty, worthy of impeachment, and sharing the traits of a mob boss. Former Director Comey was willing to overlook all of the aforementioned characteristics in order to keep his job. In his eyes, the real crime was his own firing.”
You can read the memos in full, here.