Trump wishes Comey luck, allies aim at lawman's credibility

Trump wishes Comey luck, allies aim at lawman's credibility

Trump wishes Comey luck, allies aim at lawman's credibility

A person familiar with the situation says former FBI Director James Comey asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to keep him from being alone with President Donald Trump. According to the New York Times, current and former law enforcement officials say Comey kept his interactions with Trump a secret in part because he was not sure whom at the Justice Department he could trust. Richard Burr, says that Mueller has not restricted Comey from talking about anything before the panel, although his memos at this point will not be given to the committee, the Times also reported.

That was less than a week after Coats' confirmation, and two days after then-FBI director James Comey confirmed to Congress that the bureau was investigating whether Trump's team had met with Russian Federation.

There was further corroboration Tuesday of such a dynamic, as The Washington Post reported that Mr. Trump asked Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats in a private meeting after a broader gathering of agency heads in March to stop the Flynn probe - a request Mr. Coats later decided was inappropriate. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, before the start of a meeting with House and Senate Leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, .

Trump said he wished the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired "luck" on his testimony before the Senate intelligence committee planned for Thursday.

Brian Hale, a DNI spokesman, declined to comment on whether Trump asked Coats to intervene with Comey regarding the Flynn investigation. Ian Prior, a Justice Department spokesperson, told the Times that "the attorney general doesn't believe it's appropriate to respond to media inquiries on matters that may be related to ongoing investigations".

Comey is said to have written detailed notes about three conversations he had with Trump, which reportedly document the president's efforts to get the FBI to ease the investigation's focus on former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

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The latest revelations came out days before Comey makes a highly-anticipated appearance before the Senate intelligence committee - and as the White House and its allies craft a strategy aimed at undermining the former FBI Director's credibility.

It was in that conversation that Trump asked Comey to end the investigation into Flynn, and encouraged him to investigate leaks, the people said.

On Monday, the White House said Trump would not claim executive privilege to block Comey from testifying.

In February, as tensions flared between intelligence agencies and the White House over Russian Federation and other issues, some of Trump's advisers floated the idea of appointing a NY billionaire, Stephen Feinberg, to undertake a review of the DNI.

Calling Comey a "showboat" and a "grandstander", Trump says he had made a decision to fire Comey regardless of the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "I wish him good luck", the president said.

Meanwhile, the White House and its supporters are looking to undermine the ex-FBI director's testimony.

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